. . .A Hobo's Last Dream

JUST A HOBO . . .

NO NAME. NO FAME. HARDLY WORTHY OF GAIN. WATCHING THE WORLD ON RAILS. SEEKING TO FIND. BISSFULLY BLIND. AND NEVER A HEART TO BREAK.
NO NAME. NO FAME. HARDLY WORTHY OF GAIN. WATCHING THE WORLD ON RAILS. SEEKING TO FIND. BISSFULLY BLIND. AND NEVER A HEART TO BREAK.

. . .he's finally at rest.


Death smiled. Flames kissing mom. Birthing pure blood, I knew

Shame in hand. Hungry veins. Vapored goodbye's-a walking

Stupid hope. Sparks for a shade. I sit. Kissin' the rails

Waiting for the Reaper to fall


Fog or foes. Eating my lies. Slumbered convict they say

A bastard. A coward. Beast in silk shoes on this day

My unnamed steps I keep. Starvation I reap. I sit.

Counting my hell's

Waiting for the Reaper to call


'Ol Rooster in Dayton. "Dog Man" in Houston. We cried

Nails in our beds. Wine in our heads. A breath away is all

Worn feet. Eatin' their sleet. I vomit a religious repast

Lovers I passed. Boxcars at last. I sit.

Hoping for the Reaper this fall.


Youthful wings. "Her" infant songs we sing - and for what?

Elder's my age. Old moving cage. A crumb for meals is all

Gophers stare. Daughters can't care. And "bulls" a way to the stairs

Muted weeping. My beaten soul's-a seeping. I just sit

Reaching for the Reaper's one claw


Chicago. Denver. "Handlin'" my trash. Seeking her long, filthy sash

She left with my dreams. In carpet bag so sweet

A throat so frozen I bent

The organ's-a playin'. "Hound Dog's"-a prayin' And we sit

Fadin' with Reaper is all


White faces look stern. No angels can learn. What "we" died one day

No hand clap. Faded show map. A cigarette given in vain

A banker's coat worn. Our locks ne'er shorn. We're there

Where Reaper's not born.


Our trains still run. The ditches, our sun, was so dim

Hopin' for life. Glutton for strife. One tear will never befall

We're just the roamers. Sad-song strummers. Old hat, no name at all

"We're" over. Now lower. Silently singing

Knowing the Reaper is gone.


* "Bulls" were railroad cops hired by the powerful railroad companies to ride their trains and seek-out the hobos and throw them off the train.







MODERN-DAY HOBOS . . .

 . . .WERE VICTIMS OF A HOMELESS SOCIETY, TOOK TO RIDING THE RAILS TO FIND WORK. NEAR THE END OF THEIR RIDE, THEY WERE SHOT BY AUTHORITES FOR THE MERE ACT OF TRESPASSING.
. . .WERE VICTIMS OF A HOMELESS SOCIETY, TOOK TO RIDING THE RAILS TO FIND WORK. NEAR THE END OF THEIR RIDE, THEY WERE SHOT BY AUTHORITES FOR THE MERE ACT OF TRESPASSING.

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Lastheart 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

How could I say I love this and still feel such sadness.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Awesome and profound, Kenneth.


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KathyH 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Wow, Kenneth! You've written a couple of great poems here lately, this one gave me goosebumps! VERY well written! :)


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sarcasticool 4 years ago from New Zealand

I enjoyed this very much. Very touching and well written.


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Kenneth.

Well written and very true sad but true.

LOL Ghaelach


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

you said it so well. A sad reality, but so well written. vote up


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

This kind of writing has to come from a deep well. Keenly sensitive. Exquisite.

Beautiful

Ann Davis


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, LastHeart,

you said it well. Although sad, I understood what you wanted to say, but couldn't. This one took a lot out of me. Sorry for this comment being so short, but nonetheless APPRECIATED by me, YOUR comment on this hub. Have a blessed day.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Jaye . . ."Thank you, from the heart, for your kind comments. I hope that ONLY GOOD things come to your life . . .TODAY."

Visit with me again.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Dear KathyH! A Sincere Thank YOU for your comment. Goosebumps? That's a first for me. I am so humbled by your comment and those on this hub. I am a beggar by way of repaying such kindness to such a group of really-nice people. But I can pray that God smiles on all of you today and gives YOU the desires of your heart(s).

Thanks so much. Again.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Morning, sarcasticool, and thank you very much for your kind remarks. They mean a LOT to me as I learn each day something new about myself in relation to real life and its painful images that most of us simply ignore. It's when "I" face them, that the real pain begins.

Have a wonderful day, KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Good morning to you too,Ghaelach! Hope you are well today. Thank you kind sir, for your nice comment on this hub. It's comments like yours and those on here now that I savor and keep in my memories for a time when I feel very lost and empty. YOU are all special writers and friends to me. YOU should all never forget that.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

"Thank YOU . . .picklesandrufus, for your very humbling comment. I appreciate you taking time to not only read, but leave me these words that I will think on all day long."

Peace to you.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

My Dear Ann . . .what a collection of heart-touching words you left for me. I do not feel worthy of such an ourpouring from your keyboard. And heart. And speaking of deep well, exquisite and beautiful, I could say the same about YOUR hubs too. Matter of fact, I think I will. Ann, your hubs speak a beautiful spirit to me that is rare in today's hazy society where there are really no clear lines of right, nice, and darkness. But you, somehow and all the time easily, say things to me that encourage a soul that has never in his life--from youth to elder age, felt such nice encouraging words from one person. Thank YOU, Ann. So much. I am forever indebted to you and all of the followers on this hub. May God bless you today in unexpected ways.

Kenneth


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Kenneth, you are on a roll with your poetry...this one is really, really awesome! My Grandfather experienced the life as a hobo, before he settled down and married my grandmother....he used to tell me stories of hopping trains from town to town.

UP and awesome!

Chris


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Chris! I've been wondering where you were. Thanks so much for your warm comments. Give God the praise and thanks. And Chris, if I were you, I'd write a book about my grandfather's various travels, people he met, and adventures he had if he had lived as a hobo. That is the type of books that people nowadays love to read. Please think about it. Okay?

Thanks again for stopping by.

God bless you richly, my friend.

KENNETH


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Such a touching poem and such a sad problem. Great job, as usual, Kenneth.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear catgypsy,

Thank you. From the heart and soul. For this sweet comment. Thanks again for all you have said to keep me uplifted. Believe me..."THIS" type of hub, abstract/prose poetry...tears me up really bad. But it has to come out in some fashion.

Thanks again, catgypsy.

SINCERELY....KENNETH :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful and interesting poem, Kenneth. Thanks for sharing. You've been on my mind frequently, these past few weeks. Wishing you well.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Denise. Thanks not only for this wonderful comment, but for having me on your mind. I cannot imagine why, but I appreciate it very much, my dear friend. I am just hanging as tough as I can with this Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy...now the sun is out, but the nights are in the 20's....Mom Nature sure likes to pick on me...LOL. I love her though.

You have a wonderful weekend, Denise, and visit me anytime.

KENNETH


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

"Muted weeping. My beaten soul's-a seeping. I just sit

Reaching for the Reaper's one claw" A very sad situation to be treated like you don't exist or matter in the first place.

Voted up and away!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Dear Sueswan,

Thank you so MUCH for your sweet comment. Yes, this is a SAD situation. Especially IN THIS HUB AND ALL OF MY ABSTRACT/POETRY HUBS are Metahphorical hints to what certain things and phrases really mean to me and my life. And you struck on one with this one in your comment box. Thanks for being so sharp and observant. And for the needed-votes.

Sincerely, KENNETH


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georgiecarlos 4 years ago from Philippines

"No angels can learn. What "we" died one day"

Such a powerful poem! So well written that heart strings will always be pulled, whether the reader wants it or not. Voted up!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, my Dear Friend, georgiecarlos, thank you, sincerely, for your sweet and caring comments. I do appreciate YOU for taking time to read this abstract/prose piece. And to leave your comment. I cherish all of my followers and their comments. You keep up your great hub-work as well.

Sincerely, KENNETH


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Support Med. 4 years ago from Michigan

Well said, and sad that all of us are not looked upon as being human - * "Bulls" were railroad cops hired by the powerful railroad companies to ride their trains and seek-out the hobos and throw them off the train.?" We all are but a breath away from the situations of others.

“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Hebrews 13:2 v/r


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear SupportMed., from my heart, thank you, for the lovely comment on this hub. Love Hebrews 13:2. It is among my favorite verses. Appreciate you leaving me with that verse about my brothers .. . . .oops, wasn't going to confess that..anyway. Come back and visit anytime. And for the record, YOU have a sharp sense of unravelling my metaphorical linkages. Good job!

Your Friend Forever,

KENNETH

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