I'm Human

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I'm Human

When I first saw him
Standing on a street corner
He was wearing a sign around his neck
It was simple, white heavy stock paper
Written on with black magic marker.
I never got close enough to read the sign.
I walked passed on the other side of the road
Careful to avoid an uncomfortable glance.

Yesterday I saw a student in the library
He wore a sign around his neck, 
The writing facing his clean pressed shirt;
A social experiment 
To see how long people would hold 
His gaze before reading the sign on his chest.

I observed this for an hour 
And wondered at the awkwardness
Before I took my turn and stared into his eyes 
For a solid minute, I thought about the man
On the street corner who I see every day
But have never looked at.

I reached out and turned the sign on the student's chest
“I’m Human,” is all that it said. 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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  1. Date: 4/14/2017 2:12:00 AM
    You wrote your heart out and I could partake from it....very well done... Ram

  1. Date: 4/10/2017 11:32:00 PM
    It's so moving .I liked it.we must feel for the less Blessed.We sometimes tend to ignore.we are human. Good one.kindly review my work as well as I have just joined

  1. Date: 3/31/2017 11:06:00 AM
    To many signs go unread, good work James...

  1. Date: 3/29/2017 9:43:00 PM
    that is a very interesting poem James. Is it based on an actual experience. I often avert my eyes because I do not know if they are false beggars or not that stand outside WAlmart where we can't even give money anyway from our cars and then stop traffic! I've actually had beggars get angry at me for giving them food and not money. Methinks some of them just want to buy drugs.

  1. Date: 3/28/2017 6:39:00 PM
    I had a huge lump in my throat reading this James - 'invisibility' it could relate to homeless but also those with some sort of illness or handicap - powerfully penned thought provoking write - Bravo James:-) hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 3/27/2017 9:29:00 AM
    Good work James.

  1. Date: 3/22/2017 1:31:00 PM
    So true, you have touched my heart with this truthful poem of valor. Thank you for sharing it, xo

    Andersen Avatar James Andersen
    Date: 3/22/2017 2:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are welcome. I don't think we notice enough, or at least we chose to ignore
  1. Date: 3/22/2017 10:18:00 AM
    That is so incredible James, you get a 7 and a fav for this. Because I ride a chair, and twitch my little heart out, I am incredibly invisible. Such a sign, yeah, if anyone would just turn it for once, and really look...

    White Avatar Darren White
    Date: 3/30/2017 11:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, and I mean that. Life is hard sometimes, isn't it?
    Andersen Avatar James Andersen
    Date: 3/22/2017 10:35:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Even though sometimes I have a hard time admitting it, I know that I've been blessed in my life and I have to remind myself to look at the sign and the person wearing it. I'm glad you liked this Darren. And, you are pretty visible to me.
  1. Date: 3/22/2017 6:05:00 AM
    Dear James. Good Morning. There are no words to describe the humanity within your words and thoughts. Please allow me to let your words stand. There is nothing I could add. Yes, we are all human and there are many circumstances that a person may be on the street with a sign. Life and events can happen any moment to any one of us. Your entry reaches the heart. Well done in its entirety.

  1. Date: 3/21/2017 2:09:00 PM
    James I found your poem very moving. We have a lot of homeless and poor people begging in my city~

  1. Date: 3/21/2017 1:49:00 PM
    This poem flows with a pleasant beat and the words say everything, evoking thoughts within the reader's consciousness, that question what it means to be human. Your words speak in a familiar voice, supplying the catalyst to spark further thought. Emile.

  1. Date: 3/21/2017 12:37:00 PM
    A great message, many seem to forget we are all human.

  1. Date: 3/21/2017 11:21:00 AM
    Fantastic James. This may be my favorite of yours by far. Such a deep and thought provoking poem.

  1. Date: 3/21/2017 9:44:00 AM
    My son was telling me about his psychology class doing that last semester at Iowa... Terrific

    Andersen Avatar James Andersen
    Date: 3/21/2017 10:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It's good they are doing something to bring awareness to a growing problem.
  1. Date: 3/21/2017 9:14:00 AM
    Goosebumps...Yes indeed the man in the street is Human too..A fave..An amazing poem.

    Andersen Avatar James Andersen
    Date: 3/21/2017 9:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. He is indeed.
  1. Date: 3/21/2017 8:51:00 AM
    Wow. Powerful stuff. 7 and a fave :) xomo

    Andersen Avatar James Andersen
    Date: 3/21/2017 8:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. I'm glad you think so