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spare change he takes shelter in a cardboard box old newspapers for a bed threadbare clothes rumpled and dirty a concrete pillow for his head picking up used cigarette butts from the crowded littered street dumpster diving for table scraps searching for something to eat huddling in an open doorway on a cold cold winter’s night battling to keep warm swiftly losing the fight asking hurried passers by if they have change to spare no one gives a second look no one seems to care a salty tear rolls down his ruddy weathered cheek what has happened to his life that it became so very bleak March 5, 2020

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Date: 4/4/2020 2:33:00 PM
Nicely written. Depicts the situation very well.
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Date: 3/31/2020 2:38:00 PM
Congratulations on your placement. A wonderful poem. It is hard when people fall through the cracks in society. It happens more often than most would realize. Thank you for this wonderful poem. JC Hawkens
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Abby DeSantis
Date: 3/31/2020 3:00:00 PM
Thank you for your comments. I’m afraid it may happen more with what we’re all living with now.
Date: 3/22/2020 9:57:00 PM
“But for the grace of God go I” comes immediately to mind when reading this. I haven’t been homeless because our aunt took us in but I can relate. Congratulations on your wonderful poem being on this short premier winner’s list Abby. Keep safe. xxoo
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Abby DeSantis
Date: 3/22/2020 10:12:00 PM
Thank you!
Date: 3/22/2020 1:14:00 PM
Congratulations Abby! Your poem earned a distinguished place in my contest, it was a very difficult contest to judge but your poem caught my eye, well done my friend, Emile.
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Abby DeSantis
Date: 3/22/2020 1:20:00 PM
Thank you for your acknowledgment.
Date: 3/7/2020 8:29:00 AM
This sad and touching poem is so beautifully written, Abby, I can feel the emotion within. Nicely done. Welcome to Poetry Soup! All the best to you. John
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Abby DeSantis
Date: 3/10/2020 5:44:00 PM
Thank You for your kind words. I lived in NYC for years and homelessness was a chronic problem. It was very hard to see everyday.