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Helpless Homelessness - A Poem

Updated on February 18, 2013

Homeless man

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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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    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      kebennett1 - thank you for your kind comments!

    • Kebennett1 profile image

      Kebennett1 

      6 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!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

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

    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      this just hurts.. well done Justateacher :)

    • Zubyre profile image

      Zubyre Parvez 

      6 years ago from East London

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

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thanks, all for the kind comments

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      Tara Carbery 

      6 years ago from Cheshire, UK

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

    • DanielNeff profile image

      DanielNeff 

      6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Very well-written. Great concise, powerful form.

    • SimpleGiftsofLove profile image

      SimpleGiftsofLove 

      6 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!

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you Chris for the kind comments

    • Scarface1300 profile image

      Scarface1300 

      6 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

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you!

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      Leaderofmany 

      6 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

      One word "Powerful"

    • justateacher profile imageAUTHOR

      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Thank you Gary!

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      gary dube 

      6 years ago from India

      The last lines are powerful! Keep it up.

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