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We the Homeless

The lessons of life remind me, 
the lack of substance, 
birth and rebirth without relevance or depth
death to some, “who cares”
life to others, “who cares”
meaningless unspoken voices echoing back and forth
up and down, upside down
change we can't; we won't
hearts locked in cold
it's ok to be without, “get a job you bum”
empty innards inside - cold empty spaces outside
cold, heat, starvation,
pain and death, 
pointless ill-defined life,
human beings as acceptable losses, “heaven forbid”
heatless minds accept
heart-filled minds don’t. 


This work is dedicated to the ill dressed, soiled, bearded, smoking, scraggly maybe once proud and loving individual, holding his “homeless” sign in his hand begging for money - as I hurriedly exited the freeway this morning, who I ignored – actually hid from.  Have I become what I dislike in others?  Hope not. 

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  1. Date: 2/3/2014 5:08:00 PM

    Where have you been? You have been missed! Light & Love
  1. Date: 8/6/2013 8:55:00 PM

    beautiful and heartfelt great job capturing a tragedy that persists day to day!
  1. Date: 11/22/2012 4:23:00 PM

    Though we can't help everyone I bet we could help someone each day if we focused on it yes? Light & Love
  1. Date: 5/15/2012 4:13:00 PM

    We never know about the ones holding those homeless signs if they are genuine or not and that is what makes us that way..Enjoyed reading your work about the topic..Thanks for stopping by..Sara
  1. Date: 5/15/2012 3:24:00 PM

    Chuck, I think we have all been there at some times in our lives if we are honest, well done..David
  1. Date: 5/15/2012 2:20:00 PM

    "Who cares".... It is a cold and insensible world we live in Chuck.- Very well written poem, thank you. - Wish you all the best. - oxox hugs Anne-Lise

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