I Think I Know You-A Poem

Homeless But Still A Human Being

Ever been shopping in a busy city and been asked for money by a homeless person?

Ever thought "Look at the state of her, begging for pennies...probably for drugs."

I won't lie - I have been rushing around and been asked for money. I remember a very busy vacation Saturday in Boston, not far from Boston Common where I was asked for money from a homeless person about every five minutes.

And then I heard about an old school friend who someone had seen in a nearby town; she was now homeless and living on the streets.

And I thought back to a time when we were both eight or nine and she had found a birds egg on her lawn and was trying to keep it warm in her bedroom. She took me to her house to see it; she was so determined to see this egg hatch and was doing her best to make that happen.

And then I thought of her now and also thought about the times I had made assumptions about homeless people because they were spoiling my shopping trip! I hated myself for a few hours after that.

Homeless people had lives before they were homeless; who knows what they did in those lives but they are real people and speaking for myself, I made a decision to stop jumping to conclusions and to stop making assumptions.

Homeless people have parents, brothers and sisters. They have and had friends. They love and were loved.

They are human beings.

“I think I know you.”

Those famous words

You said them and a flock

Of birds, took off behind you

Silence broken.


My parched lips opened

To speak but nothing

Came out – silence,

Was my only contribution

To your heart, awoken.


“You are mistaken”

I said and smiled at you

But you took my hand

And held it for a long time

You left a token.


A ten pound note, soft

Against my palm

Warm from your own hand

A tear fell from your eye

And landed on the ground


You walked away, slowly

And something in your gait,

Reminded me of someone,

“No, don’t go, wait…”

My own words made no sound.


Later, moved on from the doorway

I saw you a hundred times

In every face was your face

And there was nothing in my mind

But the lost love I had found

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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

James, many thanks for your comment; glad you liked it.


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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

livingsta, many thanks for reading, so glad you liked it.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

This is a beautiful poem. You have done an excellent job.voted up


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing with us.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Old Albion, many thanks!


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Jools. An absolute heartbreaker. The tops.

Graham.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Linda, thanks for your comment - take care :o)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

WTG Julie! Nice poem! :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Michelle, many thanks for reading and I am glad it affected you in the way intended.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Daisy, you are so kind and many thanks for reading my poem and also for the share :o) More poetry may come in due course but I fear that poetry will not be on HP for much longer which is a shame.


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Julie,

Wow! What a picture you painted with your words. You must write more poetry...you simply must!


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Wow. That brought tears. I think that too many leave their foundations in love and life to find greener pastures, only to find that it is a mistake. Am sharing this, Jools!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bruce -Thanks for your comment. Oh dear, that is awful. I hope that doesn't happen.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

A very interesting scenario that you have painted....I often fear my ex-wife and mother of my first two children could end up being the character in your hub....I have always thought she was leading a life that would end up as a person without a home....voted up and interesting and beautiful....you have done a very nice job on this hub.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Rajan, many thanks!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very subtly expressed emotions. Voted beautiful.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

GRL, you are very kind :o) I wrote this a while ago and discarded it for too long I think. I quite liked it when I re-read it, so here it is :o), nearly ended up staying in a folder on my laptop. Other people's comments have given me a bit more self-belief in my poetry - isn't this community great!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. So many emotions sadness, reflection tied up with a romantic heart. Loved this.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Lesley - you are very kind :o), I fear for poetry on Hub Pages to be honest so tend not to publish a lot. It will get the auld Zzzzz soon enough and I will then unpublish it!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

You should write more poetry Jools - this is truly beautiful!

Voted up and awesome.

Best wishes Lesley


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

b.Malin, Glad you liked it. I don't write a lot of poetry so when it gets nice comments, it's lovely :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

teaches12345, so glad you liked it. I'm not sure I have a Part 2 of this poem, but now you've got me wondering if it has legs?


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Wow, that was one Beautiful Hub Read, Jools. Lots of Emotions rushing to the service and lots of Wonderful Comments.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a beautiful poem and I was drawn to it as if it were a movie reel! Wonder what happens to them? Voted beautiful.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

CrisSp, many thanks for your comment, glad you liked it :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

xstatic, thanks for your kind comment. I don't write a lot of poetry (and I will be writing less once HP clears it off...and they will!) but I wrote this after seeing something on TV which led me down an avenue I didn't expect and this poem was the result.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Very intriguing piece, penned so lovely!

....of things past, I sense then we move on to the future with grace and no regrets but a smile on our face.

Voting up and beautiful.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

That spark of recognition, that spark of what? Sadness, love turned away? "In every face was your face..." Beautiful writing!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Jon, many thanks for reading and for your kind comment :o)


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jonmcclusk 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

Grand poem, it really intrigued me and absorbed me into it's words. Excellent read.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Mhatter, thanks for your comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Paula, so glad you liked it. Many thanks for stopping by to read and comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

ignugent17, many thanks for your comment, glad you liked it.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Deja Vu Mark? Glad you liked it.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audrey, glad you liked it.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Janine, thanks for dropping by to read and comment, I appreciate it.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Angie, many thanks for your comment, glad you liked it.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Excellent poem. It establishes the haunting memory you refer too at the end.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jools...this is deep and mysterious....gave me a bit of a catch in my chest....sad....very sad......Beautiful &UP.


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ignugent17 4 years ago

It is so lovely and sweet.

Voted up and beautiful ! :-)


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Deja Vu!

Yes this is lovely and emotional.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautiful write Jools!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Julie so very beautiful and loved how you summed this up. Have of course voted and shared all over too!!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Ooo, this brought a lump to my throat, Jools, I had such a vivid picture in my mind. Must be past life stuff ...

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