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She swayed with her head hung over
The buggy that clanked down the street
And I wondered...the will that drove her
As she walked without lifting her feet

Pushing...her tattered life in a kart
Her eyes a frozen stare
Was she the tick of a broken heart
Soul lost...but she didn't know where
Somehow...she looked familiar to me
Yes!..vaguely like someone’s mother
A hint...of what she used to be
Or the sister of someone’s brother

Surely...she once belonged to someone
And I couldn’t help ask myself why
Her life had become completely undone
As  despair... spilled out of her eyes

Copyright © Elaine George | Year Posted 2019


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  1. Date: 11/12/2019 11:30:00 AM

    I love this poem Elaine, I think we have been there or we know somebody whom life has been so hard.
  1. Date: 9/17/2019 2:03:00 PM

    This is deeply touching with great imagery and expression. I could see her walking aimlessly through the street. So sad and all too real. Well done. God Bless, JB
  1. Date: 6/27/2019 4:45:00 PM

    We've probably all had this experience think you recognize someone whose life is the street...I've never been sure. I like the 2nd stanza especially.
  1. Date: 4/17/2019 5:15:00 PM

    Nice ode to a lost soul Laney. I did one some years ago titled: His name was Jim. Tough times for some
  1. Date: 3/23/2019 12:21:00 AM

    Such a heartfelt and moving quatrain, Elaine.. It can happen to anyone.. Have a blessed night!
  1. Date: 3/8/2019 12:12:00 PM

    Hello Elaine,this woman is worried, wondering where she is going, I think she is homeless and is scared for her life. have a nice day my friend.
  1. Date: 3/3/2019 9:24:00 AM

    Very fine verse my dear friend. I could feel the dark that had invaded her life and sent such misery and despair! A fav.. a true gem too....
  1. Date: 3/2/2019 5:14:00 PM

    elaine, such a haunting piece beautifully handled... i love the mystery which drifts through your lines... nice to read you again!...huggs
  1. Date: 2/24/2019 3:45:00 PM

    oh my, such a sad one. LIke Nina says down here, it truly could happen to any of us. If all our relatives were gone, what could we do if bad luck befell us? I really like seeing you here and writing again. Thanks for your words to me on my anniversary poem. It had not even occurred to me how close I was to a decade here until I thought about doing that challenge!
  1. Date: 2/24/2019 3:45:00 PM

    How long have YOU been here now? Maybe 15 years??
  1. Date: 2/24/2019 8:10:00 AM

    This speaks to our humanity or lack of it, well done Elaine, well done...
  1. Date: 2/24/2019 7:37:00 AM

    Strong work! Most frequently, people on the street have some sort of mental illness, and if that's not a lost soul, I don't know what IS! Really a compelling piece, piercing ignorance and awakening the numbed mind. Thank You!
  1. Date: 2/24/2019 7:08:00 AM

    A somber portrait of real someone..somebody's mother, or sister as you say. Quite touching gave voice to many whose lives have been undone just the way you describe. You always write great poems.
  1. Date: 2/24/2019 5:33:00 AM

    Very touching and sobering poem Elaine. Could happen to any of us. Skilfully done.