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The Tramp

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The Tramp

Shuffling, shuffling, the tramp shuffles. One shoe too big, one shoe too tight. Shuffling, shuffling, from dawn until night. Pausing at bins, fingerless gloves. Searching for scraps with a hungry eye. A few cold chips, a half-eaten pie. City gents pass, avoiding a glance. Afraid they might see, A glimpse of things of what could be.. They told him to buy, to buy a house. To buy some shares, riches to seek, to tread on the scum walking the streets. He lost his job, the shares went bang. His wife left him for a richer man. He had no family to lend a helping hand. So he shuffles, wearing his home close to his body just to keep warm, shuffling the streets, night until dawn.

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  1. Date: 5/21/2012 9:18:00 AM
    The images touch me... I helped a family. My sons' best friend's family. It's hard to watch the fall... But it's great to see them pick themselves up and carry on... Helping is never easy... some times they don't want it... some times they do.

  1. Date: 5/4/2012 1:32:00 PM
    Liked this poem a lot. Very touching and you told the story very well. Poor tramp... Always, Laura