Helpless Homelessness - A Poem

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Masses Huddling

As I was driving downtown this afternoon running errands I noticed many people walking on the streets. Many had overflowing backpacks, some were walking with others, some were walking alone. I saw two pushing shopping carts full of all of their belongings. I saw a small group of people with one of them carrying a sleeping bag. All of these people were walking towards the Lord's Diner, a place for anyone to get a hot, free meal. It sparked the following poem...

Masses huddling

Some cuddling

Backpack humps

As they slump

Some walking

None talking

Waiting lines

Taking time

Open doors

Flooded floors

Warm meal

Friendships sealed

Walking out

Large crowd

Now cold

Becoming old

Time for sleep

Though snow is deep

Soft blanket

Can ‘t take it

Never taking

Never waking

Another one dies

They say goodbyes

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gary dube 5 years ago from India

The last lines are powerful! Keep it up.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you Gary!


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Leaderofmany 5 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

One word "Powerful"


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you!


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

A solid reminder of the live's and deaths of homeless people. Thought provoking and brilliantly written. Words like this should put Governments to SHAME... Voted Up and Beautiful... Your poetry always has something to say and I love it...........Chris


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you Chris for the kind comments


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SimpleGiftsofLove 4 years ago from Colorado

This is what we love about you justateacher (should be suchateacher) you feel and you teach us about priorities and caring for others. Outstanding, up, and beautiful and interesting and useful!


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DanielNeff 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

Very well-written. Great concise, powerful form.


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Peanutritious 4 years ago from Cheshire, UK

This will stay in my thoughts for some time to come. Well written and powerful.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks, all for the kind comments


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Zubyre 4 years ago from East London

homes are like hats we wear, but there's only the street if we got over ourselves.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

this just hurts.. well done Justateacher :)


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks for the kind comments, Frank! It means a lot coming from you!


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Kebennett1 4 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

Beautifully written. I can see it in my mind! Thank you for sharing this piece with us. We should all be reminded of the sorrow of homelessness. We are but a few tragic circumstances away ourselves!


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

kebennett1 - thank you for your kind comments!

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