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Nowhere For You To Sleep

                                      Nowhere for you to sleep, but on the street.
                                      Go old man, go sleep on that cold steel grate.
                                      Beware! Beware! rats may gnaw at your feet.

                                      Don't give up the fight, don't die in defeat,
                                      don't let your soul be consumed by your hate.
                                      Nowhere for you to sleep, but on the street.

                                      Sleep lightly old veteran of the street.
                                      The vermin of the night could seal your fate.
                                      Beware! Beware! rats may gnaw at your feet

                                      Fight back, the street is no place for the meek.
                                      Regain your pride and your place in the state.
                                      Nowhere for you to sleep, but on the street.

                                      Don't walk in circles with sores on your feet.
                                      Go back through life's gate before it's too late.
                                      Beware! Beware! rats may gnaw at your feet.

                                      This abyss will leave you hollow and beat. 
                                      You must abdicate your place by the grate.
                                      Nowhere for you to sleep, but on the street.
                                      Beware! Beware! rats may gnaw at your feet. 

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 5/24/2013 3:00:00 PM
WOW! Amazing. I often wonder about the circumstances that lead to this state of homelessness. What is it? One failure too many...one disappointment too many. It is so sad. Sometimes they can fight back, but how to fight when hope is gone. Great poem, here! REALLY AWESOME!
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Kim Morrison
Date: 5/24/2013 3:38:00 PM
Thanks for the compliment Eileen. I did this villanelle years ago and all I can remember is I nearly went insane working on. it Kim