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Well of Souls

How many souls live on the edge,
Between the gutter and the ledge?

A hopeless fear crawls in their gut,
Each day, another endless rut.

The moments pass profoundly slow
Sad, bitter winds are all that blow.

A man lay huddled near the bin
Hoping death will take him in.

Frozen tears, on wrinkled cheeks
Frostbitten ears, and shoes that leak.

His mind forgets the games of tag,
Old Crockett's hill, where down they'd slide.

A summer rain, the puddles deep
Out catchin' toads, to tame and keep.

His life began with dimpled cheeks,
Red tousled hair, and hide 'n seek.

A tough old Dad who tricked and teased
A pretty Mom who smiled with ease.

They had a farm with fields of hay
A few old hogs, and bills to pay.

One summer day, the sky turned black.
A howling wind brought down their shack.

Dad sold the hogs, and cut the hay.
The farm was lost, we drove away.

The next two years were grim and lean.
Dad broke his back, to feed us beans.

When winter came our food ran out.
We found old Dad hung by a rope.

Without poor Dad, no food or fire;
Mom took my hand, the day was dire.

The Sister's face looked mean and sour.
I thought of Mom most every hour.

They scrubbed my back until it bled.
cut off my hair, then I got fed.

'Twas many years before I left,
My Mom had died a tragic death.

Now all alone, I lived and slept.
I begged for food, and sometimes wept.

A life of days and endless woe,
Now time is dead, and death too slow.

As you walk by those 'homeless freaks'
Remember me, with dimpled cheeks.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 3/6/2015 10:02:00 AM
Wow. Good write. Not what I was expecting from "Well Of Souls" title. I think you maybe meant "wail". 1 'well' is the place below the throne of God where unborn spirit children await their chance at life. The other is an ancient underground chamber that has scary echo effects like lost souls.
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Mark J. Halliday
Date: 3/6/2015 1:38:00 PM
You might like my piece "One Out Of Three", which is about homeless veterans in the US.
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 3/6/2015 10:46:00 AM
Good morning Mark, I truly appreciate your perspective and feedback. Thank you for the kind comment as well. I did struggle with the title initially, as I expected that others would not understand my take on it, but decided to stay with my first thoughts which were; that many of the hopeless and homeless who had been indigent for most of their lives, were essentially 'living at the bottom of a well'. A well with slippery, vertical walls which prevented any hope of escape, up to the light they could see, but never reach. I hope this explains my reasoning for holding onto the title. Also, I was hoping to leave an emotional impression on my readers which would bring the plight of the homeless more understanding. This was only a single example of one mans life with homelessness, but his story is riveting and raw, which I hope will be a catalyst for change in general. Thanks again for stopping by and reading my work. Hugs, Kimberly
Date: 2/7/2015 11:13:00 PM
I'm just reading your poetry for the first time and each one has been so touching. These are tough times for many, many good people - you have caught individual sorrow and difficulties quite well here. I look forward to reading more of your work.
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 2/16/2015 10:20:00 PM
Hi Jean, Thank you for your kind remarks, and I am looking forward to reading your wonderful work! Sincerely, Kimberly
Date: 2/7/2015 1:35:00 PM
I volunteer with Kelowna Gospel Mission here in BC so I am well aquanted with many people and stories. Thankfully their are many also of victory. I enjoyed your first poem here, I will add it to my favorites. Welcome to the soup.
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 2/16/2015 9:52:00 PM
Isnt that fantastic, Richard! I was also a volunteer for an inner city mission and street outreach ministry. I met many, many homeless and misguided individuals who were so open to love and caring. I often say that those days were the best of my life thus far :) And, yes, I was very fortunate and blessed to see lives changed for the better. When hope and love are offered, to open hands and hearts.....songs of joy erupt in heaven, and blessings wil impart. Hugs, Kimberly
Date: 11/18/2014 4:11:00 AM
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 11/27/2014 2:18:00 PM
Thank you for your kind remark, Terry. It was my ambition to bring emotion and depth to the issue of homelessness; although it is circa 1930's in the early verses; it finishes present day. I have just begun this journey, so all feedback is kindly welcomed. Kind regards, Kimberly
Date: 11/10/2014 7:30:00 AM
Kim, your poem is very touching, sad, tearful, overall beautiful dedication to less fortunate. Thank you for sharing , and God Bless.... Hugs Ellie....:)
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 11/11/2014 9:23:00 PM
Hi Ellie, thank you for reading my poem and I am so happy that you enjoyed it. Hugs & blessings to you :)
Date: 11/10/2014 3:30:00 AM
Hi Kim, Thanks for sharing such a touching poem! Elayne
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 11/11/2014 9:58:00 PM
Hi Elayne, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me; so very appreciated. Hugs, Kim
Date: 11/7/2014 9:24:00 PM
Hi Kim.. Poetry Soup is a great place to display your creative, artist works. It's also an ideal place to meet and be shaped by other poets. Comment on their works and they will comment on yours. Give the contest a try as well. I look forward to reading more good writes like this one.. Come check me out!
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Date: 11/2/2014 6:19:00 AM
- Warm welcome to PoetrySoup, Kim - I choose your first moving and very well written poem - Nice to meet you! - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- Be kind and keep PoetrySoup as a haven -(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you for posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Kimberly Shaw
Date: 11/9/2014 9:38:00 AM
Hi Anne Lise! Thank you so much for being the very first person to extend such a warm welcome to me. It has taken me a very long time to finally share my poetry; and I am so humbled by your kindness and warmth. I look forward to making lovely friendships with you all, but especially reading and enjoying the exquisite poetry. What a delicious, literary feast laid before me! On a personal note: you and I share a family name; my grandfather was an Adresen from the netherlands. They emigrated to America before his birth. He was orn and raised in Davenport, Iowa. His mothers maiden name was Boettcher. I have long dreamed of finding european cousins. Much love.