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More Than Just Homeless - Poem

Updated on September 11, 2012

Don’t walk on by and

Pretend I do not matter.

I really would like to have a friend.

You can’t give me a cold hard stare

And convince me you care.

Don’t look through me.

I am right here.

Don’t nod mindlessly and try to hurry away when all I want is to

Speak to you of something that matters to me.

Please pay attention to me.

I really would like to have a friend.

You do not have to beware

Just because I have wild looking hair.

My dog will not bite you.

Neither will I.

Realize I am human

Just like you are human.

I am educated. I want to be able to work again.

No, I am not an addict. That is not why I am here.

I can feel. I also hurt.

Sometimes I even go to church.

God thinks I am important even though I live with the sky as my roof.

Living in a home with walls and a floor makes it easy for you to forget people like me exist.

Don’t you profess to be His child?

Then why don’t you love me as you say you love Him?

I have not eaten today.

I have not had a bath in three.

I have dreams of a job and clothes without holes and someday a bike to ride to work.

I dream of living in a motel room where I can shower everyday.

I want someone to love again. Someone to share life with.

Like everyone else in this world, I would like more than just necessities.

Please, won’t you help me?

Don’t walk on by and

Pretend I do not matter.

I really would like to have a friend.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Twila, thank you for reading. Your comment is appreciated. I am glad you see the beauty in others that some do not want to look twice at or even think of.

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      Twila Nelson 6 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Wonderful and thoughtful Hub. Some of us remember that homeless people are human just like us. Some of us can find good and even beauty in all homeless people. Thank you for bringing these ideas to a new group of readers.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mary, thanks for reading. I am so glad that this means enough to you to want to share. Blessings.

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      Mary Merriment 6 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      Very touching. Thanks for opening my eyes. I'm sharing this!

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, preacherdon, for reading. We often are so involved in our own lives it is difficult to focus on or even realize others are in a worse situation than we and we have the power to help and change them. Exactly right, if it weren't for the grace of God, we do not know how are lives would be.

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      preacherdon 6 years ago from Arkansas

      Powerful and moving. We do often overlook the homeless. Yet, I believe that we should look upon them with compassion realizing that but for the grace go I.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      B. thanks for stopping by. Your visit is encouraging as always. Thanks for the up vote.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a Wonderful line...Realize I am Human...I am Educated, I want to work again. How Sad, and so true of the times we live in Icbenefield. Voted Up and Beautifully written.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Exotic, thank you for commenting. I appreciate that my work gave you tears. Thanks for the up and beautiful. I too have a heart for those that are not as fortunate as I am. I have been homeless and through other difficulties in my life. It's needed and appreciated when someone treats you like a person with respect and dignity in that situation. I hope you continue to have a heart for these and get involved as you are able. God bless you.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      Your picture and poem made me cry. Is there any higher moment to attain when you write? I know people who bounce from one place to another, with nowhere of there own. I have a heart for the homeless, as well as many other types of heartache issues that people suffer. Thank you for speaking for them,,,,,,,,,voted up and beautiful.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jason, thank you for reading and commenting. You are right. Some homeless just like other people in what seem horrible circumstances don't want to expend the effort to change their situation. However, there are many who if given the right tools, would be glad to step out of that life and work and have a home they could call their own. God created us all in His image and sometimes, I am ashamed to admit, it is hard to remember that. Thank you for saying I am a blessing. I am just trying to be His hands. You stopping by today has been a blessing to me. Thank you.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      50, You are truly an inspiration. We would do well to act more like you and take the time to get to know and help some of those that are different from us. I will never understand why we have such a poverty problem in what is supposed to be the richest nation in the world when we can spend trillions giving aid to like you said those who hate us. Seems like our priorities as a country may be out of whack. You've brought peace to me today. Best wishes.

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Well written poem, especially for such a difficult subject. Depending on where you live and what you see, I am sure there are many differing perspectives. I work just south of down town Seattle and the homeless are prevalent. There are so many, its even more difficult to believe all of them want to get off of the street or to take each one on an individual basis. I understand I have my own hang ups. You have a big heart and a creative mind, for that you are a blessing. Thanks for sharing this.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      lcbenefield, I'll never forget that, I only got 30 minutes of his time but it was worth the price of admission, he was a smart fellow and we talked about his dogs and how he had gathered them up from the streets abandoned in the city. What he gave me was just how amazing he was, taking on the responsibility of caring for those animals from a cardboard castle where he wasn't sure if even he would eat. It was an awesome message for me as I sat there watching people turn their heads from us as though we both were garbage. I'm sad at this country not providing for our down trodden while sending billions to countries that hate us, amazing

      It was great of you to offer up this message, Peace,love and blessings, dust

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      50, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. I am humbled at how you gave of yourself even though onlookers thought you were crazy. That act of kindness, showing that man and his dogs that you cared, may have been small to you but I am sure it was the world to him. Blessings. Thanks for the up vote.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Growing deeper, nice to meet you. God bless you for the work you do with the homeless. Keep going and reaching for God. It only takes one to reach one for the ONE.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Franciaonline, It is nice to meet you. God bless you for the work you do with the poor, being a voice for them when they feel they have none. Having been through eviction, I understand. I can sympathize with what they are going through. When in that situation, inner peace is elusive.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Barbara, thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sunnie, thanks for stopping by. Many homeless cannot help where they are at, be it bad choices or poor circumstances. Most of us, I am guilty also, tend to look the other way rather than extend a much needed warmth of ourselves.

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      What a great write, the picture striking, I don't know how much me money tuned to they money on a trip to NYC a decade or more ago. I saw a man with three adopted dogs, a man who couldn't feed and clothe himself, 3 leashes in his hand. I stopped and set down petting the dogs as people looked at me as if I were crazy. I didn't pretend to know what he needed worst, just to know that I reached down deep and skipped dinner for a bagel and the theater for a subway ride, that's all, not much but for him what it was I don't know still, I hope it was good, voted up big! dust

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      GrowingDeeper 6 years ago

      Ok, congratulations. I seriously nearly cried. I have a real soft spot for the homeless. I have volunteered and even was employed in a shelter and actually just began last week ministering to a few men in another shelter. Our church brings approximately 50 men and 10 women to each and every service as we sponsor the shelter I used to work for.

      They are people. It is easy to forget that. But, they are some of the most hurting people we could ever have a chance to be a kind heart to. And, the picture, OMG, it really got me. I love dogs and all, but that dog is that mans world I feel sure. It means more to him than your home does to you. It is the one thing that hasnt let him down or passed judgment on him. It is his companion. His warmth. His pillow (lol). IT IS HIS WORLD. I could ramble on and on. But, God helps us to be sensitive and loving and take time out of our lives to love on this group of folks who need us perhaps like no one else ever will in your life. Dont just give money, invest yourself into their lives like God does yours.

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      franciaonline 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi lcbenefield,

      Thank you for a very moving poem!

      I work with urban poor communities who are fighting forced eviction and demolition and though they are not absolutely homeless like the photo in this hub, being threatened with forced eviction everyday of their lives makes even inner peace an elusive concept. We have to continue working for the empowerment of the poor because the language of people power is the ultimate force that will make the bureaucracy listen.

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      Barbara Badder 6 years ago from USA

      I think everyone else has said everything. I just want to thank you for the reminder.

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Thank you for being the one crying out in the wilderness..many can not help their circumstances and it only takes one person to change the life of one..Thank you for a great and heartfelt hub.

      Sunnie

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jaye, thank you for reading and commenting. Most people today, especially with the state of our economy, are just a paycheck away from being homeless.

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      What a powerful message! The homeless are worthy of our attention, as well as our concern and help. Indeed, who knows why anyone is reduced to living rough? It can happen to ordinary people if circumstances align against them. It could happen to us, and we would do well to remember that and, as your poem so beautifully says, not "...try to hurry away...." when we see a homeless person.

      Jaye

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, frugal, for reading and commenting.

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      Brenda Trott, M.Ed 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thanks for being a voice.