Things That You Never Hear That Come From a Hobo's Mouth

"Catching out," means to catch a train
"Catching out," means to catch a train
People are not shocked to see this sight
People are not shocked to see this sight
A hundred miles a foot at the time
A hundred miles a foot at the time
Looking for work
Looking for work

In Praise of The Hobo

Hobos. Ragged clothes, blues and woes. We are the hobos.

Hobos. Catching freights, bustin' gates. We are the hobos.

What a scary summation locked within these two lines that tell the sad, railroad dusty tale of the "rogues of the rail," the American hobo. Filthy-faced men, and a few women daring the "bulls" with "sticks of pain," hoping to find a job, a loaf of bread and a pile of straw to lay their heads.

Facing the cold of a hungry night with secret fires to warm a worn body through the night. Never asking for help in living or fighting the fight of a hard-road trodden by aching feet that curseth the street and the faint smell of an egg to fry.

Laughing, talking, shooting the breeze. Bringing the Reaper straight down to his knees. The hobo trodden down, ye' beggin' clown. What else will be stolen tonight?

Note: This sketchy-collection of lines are in tribute to the hobo. Not a lawful soul, but a soul of spirit and adventure, making his way from night to day. I loved the hobo.

Source-- Me. Kenneth Avery

With adoration comes consequence

But with all heroes and idols, there are cracks in crevices in their armour. And so true of the hobo, not an easy mark as some suppose. Escaping death's cold breath another day until their freight's ride might turn to a raging tide, but habor and haven for another night.

At the risk of being dangerously-faithful, I thought it might be worth the read of sharing a most-nostalgic list of

Things That You Never Hear That Come From a Hobo's Mouth

Resting his bones
Resting his bones
A sidewalk for a bed
A sidewalk for a bed
Finding another man's treasure
Finding another man's treasure
Even some women were of the hobo lifestyle
Even some women were of the hobo lifestyle

"People living heat and air conditioning should have their heads examined."

"Yuck! Free lemon meringue pie. Who would do such a thing?"

"Oh, how I wish I had a factory job--and I could work 18-hours a day in a sweat shop."

"I wonder how it feels to have that wonderful gift, income tax."

"You know what I really hate? Three-piece suits, a hot shower and a rib eye steak on a plate."

"Us, sleeping all day and talking all night. I dream many times of a timeclock and schedule."

"All fat people must have had their start with those all-you-can-eat buffets."

"A clean shave? You must be mad, friend."

"You know my all-time favorite fantasy? Being married to an overbearing woman, weekend yard sales, and not allowed any friends."

"Oh, those people with clean, mint-smelling breath. What are these humans thinking?"

"I wish America would ban the sale of hamburgers!"

"Last week a man offered me a job cutting grass and I almost fainted."

"A woman called me a 'panhandler.' I told her "I just eat, but never do dishes."

"I'd rather be called a beggar or crumb. But no time a bum. I'm Irish you see."

"How many folks know the sheer pleasure of sleeping under a bridge."

Note: For years I have been collecting the proper tools for living the life of a hobo. I got my stick and a bag for my clothes last week. Only a worn suit and a pair of ragged shoes and I'm all set." (Kenneth).

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shanmarie 20 months ago from Texas

Love the paraprosdokian about panhandling! Of course, the rest of it is enjoyable too.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear shanmarie,

Wow, what a great comment. Thank you so much. I will do my best to do hubs that are more than enjoyable for I love a challenge and I love reading your comments.

Visit with me anytime. Peace.


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c-m-hall 19 months ago from York, Maine

"I'm Irish you see" ... that was great!!!


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kenneth avery 19 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

c-m-hall,

LOL. Thank you for that nice comment.

Fact: My ancestors did come from Ireland. Aye.

You have a great night filled with peace.

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