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A Single Homeless Mom Holds Her Son


Mother and Son

Hand in hand they walked the dirty trash littered back streets

of a heartless time,

A very weary and down trotted stunning woman and her four

year old son; who did not understand any reason or rhyme for

this injudicious human crime.

She found an abandoned grocery cart ----on the third day,

And in it she placed their clothes, and their meager food supplies,

using an old blanket she found last night--- she hides them away.

They washed off at night in a gas station sink---- she didn't want

them to smell,

So it served them well.

“Mommy, what was that bad word the mean old man said?”

“The words was “Foreclosure” my Darling, but get that word

out of your head.”

“What does it mean, Mommy?”

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“It means we have to leave our home, and find another

place to live.”

“But Mommy what about my kitty Tom, where will he stay---

what will he eat and where is the food they will give?”

“Miss Andrews is taking care of him, until we find another home,

My Darling, he will not be alone.”

Then her little man grew sleepy, and she carried him and pushed the cart

into a deserted car lot,

She looked around for the best spot.

When she found an old discarded car---she fixed the back seat for the night,

to let her son sleep until it was light.

She kissed him-- then positioned herself beside him and looked up into the

dark stormy sky,

As thunder roared and lightning struck near by---- the rain inundate the dirty lot,

only then tears of exasperation and sadness filled her beautiful green eyes,

she gave a sigh.

Morning brought a bright smile from her son, and warmed her jig-sawed heart,

She then said her morning prayers that God would not let anyone keep them apart.

She prayed: Lord, I thank you for keeping my son safe throughout the night,

And help me Lord to keep for him--- my spirit bright.

I know it is said you do not give us more than we can bear,

But Lord sometimes----I feel you have mistakenly given me an extra share.

Man with Black Hair

Man with Black Hair


Close Enough to Hear

Far off, but close enough to hear----stood man who had just left his limo parked on the lot,

Something bad had happened here, but he knew not what.

He could not believe his own eyes when he saw a beautiful woman,

kneeling with a little boy duplicating the position---by her side,

Her amazing beauty the dirt and dust could not hide.

He waited until her prayer was over, and then he approached the two,

His black hair sparkled as if kissed by the morning dew.

His blue eyes shined brightly with waiting tears,

As he walked stealfully towards them; ---trying not to cause fear.

“Mommy look---we prayed up an Angel---and he is here.”

She looked up into his eyes of blue---and her heart felt reborned cheer.

Not a word could she speak, as her green eyes looked into his blue eyes,

But all was not lost as her son produced very loudly cries.

“Mommy can I say that bad word ---the mean man shouted at us?

Yes, Mister he said “Foreclosure” and he did cuss.

He looked at her for confirmation, and the first time he heard her lovely voice,

His smile radiated her jig-sawed heart and sheared the broken pieces together

without her consent or choice.

“Where is your husband?” he asked her inquiringly,

“He died in Afghanistan, two years ago.” She replied without crying---surprisingly.

He took the boy to the limo in his arms, and hugged her before he put her in and

whispered for her ears only----I am taking you to my home,

Then we can talk and plan while my housekeeper takes care of all your needs

and you will never again be alone.

Her son asked, “Mister, Can we please get kitty Tom, from our neighborhood?”

And they all laughed as the limo went that way, and now they would be a family

it was happily understood.

And in a whispered voice she said, “Thank you, Lord.” and her jig-sawed heart was whole once more.


I Will Always be Your Mom

Love is  Like a Fountain

Love is Like a Fountain

Love is a Fountain

Love is a Fountain

Love can inundate one’s heart,

To wash away any hurts and pain,

so lovers will never be apart.

Love is the highest mountain with its snowy peak,

All lonely climbers seek.

Love is glue that keeps a family together,

So they will survive any stormy weather.

So a drink from the “Love Fountain” is sweet and pure,

For life gives many trails that love can endure.

True Life Experience

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on September 10, 2015:

Hi aviannovice,

Your words are so true and in every dark corner is a light shining brightly over a strong woman. What knocks us down will give us strength to stand up against the negativity in life. I am woman hear me roar---I love that song.

I hope all is well in your world and you are still taking beautiful pictures.

Until later,

Bobbi Purvis

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 10, 2015:

You know, we never know how fortunate we are until we hear these kinds of stories. Then we think how it could never happen to us, but it surely can. This was a great reminder of such a thing.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on July 11, 2013:

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thanks for reading poems today---I will be back later to read yours.


Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on July 11, 2013:

Voted up and beautiful. Lovely sentiments. I especially like the thought of the love fountain.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 03, 2012:


Thank you so much for appreciating my poem, and your kind words. It makes my Sunday afternoon shine and makes me smile.

Thank you so much,

Your Hub Friend,


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 03, 2012:

Oh My God all these months I have missed out on your beautiful poems. You have truly touched my heart with your poem. You moved my soul and brought tears to my eyes. Lovely poem and with a happy ending,what more could I ask!!! Voted up beautiful and awesome!!!!!!!!!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 24, 2012:

I am so happy to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words.

You have a great week.

Your Hub Friend,


Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on April 24, 2012:

Bobbi, this is genius. You hit this one out the park. Wow, I can't get my words together. Vivid details. I love the ending though. This was unique. Awesome job. Hope you have a great day.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 20, 2012:

Hi Nell,

I know but as writers we can do that--and I feel for the people who have been through such a terrible experience.

People are trying to live the "American Dream" which they have every right to do---but it does not always turn out right.

Thank you for stopping by--I always appreciate your comments.

Your Hub Friend,


Nell Rose from England on April 20, 2012:

Hi, Bobbi, this was such a sad story with a beautiful ending, I have watched on tv over here in England, a program about Americans leaving their homes because of this problem, if only they all had such a happy ending, nell

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 20, 2012:

Thank you so much Blossom,

for reading my hub and leaving a comment.It is always nice to hear from you.

Thank you for stopping by, and you have a great day.

Your Friend,


Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on April 19, 2012:

A lovely story, so beautiful and sensitively told.

Voted it up and beautiful.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 19, 2012:


Thank you so much for your visit, and as always I value your comments.

You have a great and safe day with your love ones.

Your Hub Friend,


Eiddwen from Wales on April 19, 2012:

Very clever indeed Bobbi my very dear friend.

I am saving with my bookmarks;this one being a definite favourite.

Take care and enjoy your day.


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:


Thank so much for the visit, I have missed seeing you. I looked on HH and Friends and you were are there---but I know how busy everyone is anymore--as I am the same.

There are a lot of your friends on my FB, I would like you to join us there--everyone misses seeing you.

Your Hub Friend,


Tammy from North Carolina on April 18, 2012:

Such a sweet and beautiful poem! I am glad her prayers were answered at the end. You have a very unique style with your poetry.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:

Hi Becky Katz,

Thank you so much for the visit and leaving a comment. I appreciate it very much.

Your Hub Friend,


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:

Thank you ThoughtSandwiches,

It was so kind of you to read and comment--I appreciate it.

Your Hub Friend,


ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on April 18, 2012:


This was an amazing and unexpected joy to open up and read. You did a wonderful job which I intend on sharing after the voting and other niceties (it is an election year).



Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on April 18, 2012:

Just beautiful, this is the way it should be. People looking out for the others.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:

Thank you Brandym2012,

And I enjoy reading yours. I appreciate your comment and your vote--Thank you again.


Brandym2012 from PA on April 18, 2012:

Beautiful and amazing Bobbi. I love reading your hubs. Thank you for sharing. Voted up!

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:


One of favorite hubbers---I feel honored. It seems the more hubbers we meet on HubPages---the more fun we have in our little community.

Here is a thought from my Girl Scouts days--I am trying to adhere to it= Make new friends, but keep the old, one is Silver and the other is Gold.

Sometimes, I fall short of this---but I am trying.

Your Hub Friend,


Joseph De Cross from New York on April 18, 2012:

Amazing! Your words are so sweet and kept us gripped to the end. Just came to visit my friend Bobbi! Such a romantic piece!


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:

Thank you Sunshine,

I am happy you visited and liked it. I was just looking for your latest hub. Sometimes, I forget what I am looking for----but I finally remember.

You have a great day.

Your Hub Friend,


Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 18, 2012:

I love Happily Ever After endings! It just makes me say awwwww!! Beautiful story and photos!:)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:

Thank you LaThing,

I appreciate your comment and for reading my hub. Your kindness is greatly noted.



Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 18, 2012:

Thank you ytsenoh,

I appreciate your comment and for your kind words.



LaThing from From a World Within, USA on April 17, 2012:

Very moving poem, true and well put. Not everyone has a happy ending like hers, but you wish the best for all of them. Voting up, beautiful!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on April 17, 2012:

Oh this was so good. The story, the visuals, the emotion, how we, as moms, feel for our children, and the answered prayer to a set of circumstances--you did a really good job with this piece. Thank you. Loved the title too. Thumbs up.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 17, 2012:


Thank you for your comment---and yes, this could very well happen to anyone.It is sad when children are hurt by the issues of the world.


Your Hub Friend,


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 17, 2012:


Thank you for your kind words, and I am happy you like it. As I love your poems as well---they are so beautiful and from the heart.

Your Hub Friend,


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 17, 2012:


I am so happy you stopped by and I am so glad you liked it.

Your Hub Friend,


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on April 17, 2012:

Hi Debbie,

Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my poem. This is what is happening in America and probably all over the world today. When something bothers me I write about it.


Your Hub Friend,


Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on April 17, 2012:

Oh Bobbi this is so beautiful.. I am crying... it tore my heart out and I am so glad they had a happy ending

Voted up



Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 17, 2012:

This is brilliant my friend and oh, so well done. There but for the grace of God go I. This is simply beautiful work!

cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on April 17, 2012:

Bobbi, you have come up with another gem of a poem. A true story teller are you. for you know how to tear one's mind with words and show the truth of the ugliness that we see every day. But you show the true face of faith also, to be able to show both side is a unique talent that you possess. Love ya


Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on April 17, 2012:

We sure never know when this or something like could be our story. I hope we can be as lucky and have the faith we need to see us through. Voted up

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