Brazen Man

The blustery winds cut through his coat

And stung him with their chill

Cumbersome baggage he did tote 

Clutched in his arm, but still

No thought of woe was in his head,

His worries without presence

Without a home, without a bed,

But still his thoughts were pleasant

People gawked, the town was shocked,

By such a brazen man

Walking barefoot through the snow

A lantern in his hand

He saw them look, he saw them stare,

He saw their jeers and jests

Jabbering magpies, without care

Sneered from deep within their nests

“Sauntering idiot, fool that strolls!”

Someone sneered aloud nearby 

“What kind of man walks through the cold,

With a twinkle in his eye?”

The mood was tense, they took offense

Began to hate brazen man,

Walking barefoot through the snow,

A lantern in his hand

Still they gazed, minds uneasy,

At the shambling vagabond

And the magpies became queasy

As the minutes dragged along

They thought about their spacious homes

And their mass of frivolous goods

And all the worthless things they owned

And all the things that this man should

They soon were stressed, they felt oppressed

By this brazen man

Walking barefoot through the snow

A lantern in his hand

How dare he remind them of the poor?

By walking aimless through the sleet

Suddenly, from out a door,

A girl stepped out into the street

She gave the man a pair of socks,

To wear in his time of need

Slowly but surely, in great flocks

The magpies followed the girl’s lead

They gave bread loaves and winter clothes 

To the brazen man

Walking barefoot through the snow

A lantern in his hand

Several magpies offered shelter 

To the man without a house

A place dodge the frigid pelter,

Somewhere safe from being doused

But the man quickly replied;

“No thank you, you’ve done enough”

He said as he began to stride,

Packing away all his new stuff

And all the while, the people smiled

Saying farewell to the man

Walking cozy in new clothes,

A lantern in his hand

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