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Too Tired - Too Tired to Think - Too Tired to Hope

© by Shyron Shenko

As a homeless street minister I passed by

This made me sad

It made me cry

And I thought of the words

"There but for the Grace of God, goes I"

I felt his brokenness

And the anguish in his heart

Afraid to look into his hollow eyes

For I might find myself in there

Caught in his longing stare

Just wanting someone to really care

Enough to become a friend to greet

Enough to give him one crumb to eat

And not judge him for living on the street

Someone to care enough to buy his outdated stuff

And as you turn to run not just walk away

You may become this man one day

If God would take His Amazing Grace away


Your perception of Me is a reflection of You - My reaction to you is an awareness of Me!

— Stephen James Burford, January 12, 2016

The above quote was sent to me by Nadine May

© 2016 Shyron E Shenko

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      A very emotive poem, Shyron. We need to remember the line when tempted to judge others, "walk a mile in their shoes". Well done.

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I know from experience, Shyron, just how quickly life can take a wrong turn, leaving us on the streets. Beautiful work here, and important work here, my friend.

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      Larry Rankin 9 months ago from Oklahoma

      It hurts to see anyone's spirit trampled.

      Beautifully written.

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      mckbirdbks 9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Shyron. This is a captivating read. Yes, a misstep can get a person all twisted up, slow them down, and they may never recover.

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      Adeniji 9 months ago

      Absolutely great! I love this piece.

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      Adeniji 9 months ago from Lagos Nigeria

      Indeed a great one!

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      Surabhi Kaura 9 months ago

      What a famulous poem, Shyron. Life can take a “U-turn” sometimes in the most unfathomable way. Beautifully presented! Love.

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      Michael-Milec 9 months ago

      Authoritative! After reading I remained speechless. Convicted. Next, it hurt knowing that we have had an opportunity to minister “the King of kings” anyone of those on the streets.

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      Maria Jordan 9 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Your heart is big and beautiful - you show the Golden Rule in your every word and deed, dear Shyron.

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      DDE 9 months ago

      Sometimes certain actions go a different way. Lots of thought in this read.

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      C E Clark 9 months ago from North Texas

      As I told you, I read this shortly after you published it and I have not responded because I have been thinking about it and how I might respond. Without question you are a highly talented, even a gifted poet.

      My concern is with the last 2 lines of this poem. Up to that point I was with you.

      "You may become this man one day

      If God would take His Amazing Grace away"

      Do you believe that some people are homeless because God has taken His grace away from them? We are not currently in the punishment stages of our existence. That comes after we finish in this world -- just my opinion. Do you think God is punishing people who are homeless?

      'To take His grace away' is in my mind, to take away the possibility for eternal life. For it is God's grace that covers our sins and makes us eligible for eternal life in the first place. Do you think all homeless people have lost this grace and therefore the possibility of eternal life?

      I personally believe that God is giving people the opportunity to prove they are the Christians they say they are when they encounter a homeless person. He didn't say we should judge each other, but that we should love and help each other. Most people judge and sneer at homeless people and offer no help at all. Yet they imagine themselves Christians.

      What if Jesus Himself were standing before you? Tangled sweaty hair from being in the relentless Texas sun and heat. Worn, frayed blue jeans, stained wife-beater tank shirt, and a backpack that has seen better days. Would you offer him money for food? Or would you judge whether he deserved your help because everyone knows homeless people are addicts of one kind or another, and too lazy to work if nothing else. Would you invite him to stay overnight in your home?

      No, it is not works that earn salvation for it cannot be earned. It is a free gift from God. What works do is they prove a person IS saved. The Bible says you will know them by their works. Good works do not earn salvation but they prove one has received salvation.

      When you accept Jesus into your heart you let Him work through you to do good works through you. He can't do good works through a person who has not in fact let Him into his/her heart. A sign of received salvation is good works. If none are visible, then perhaps that person has not received salvation? Perhaps that person has not allowed Jesus into their heart to do good works through them.

      Yes, I have heard the expression, "But for the grace of God, there go I." It was not the blood of those sacrifices that cleansed sinners in the Old Testament; it was the grace of God that forgave those who trusted in Him (Hebrews 10:4; Genesis 15:6). The principal manifestation of God's grace has heen in the form of a gift. Forgiveness and eternal life.

      True trust in God is being obedient to Him and having faith that His way is the best way. He said to love and help each other, period. He did not say to love and help those a person might consider deserving, and only those. He did not say love and help people if you have a penny or two left over at the end of the month after making your best effort to make sure that there won't be anything left..

      Those people who help others in need by whatever means they can will reap blessings from God. A person receives a blessing for giving help. The receiver of that help will answer to God if s/he abuses the help s/he received, squandering it on substances or being otherwise wasteful. No matter if a homeless person does buy drugs or alcohol with any money s/he receives, the giver will receive a blessing for doing God's work and that blessing will be worth far more than the pennies or dollars given. Talk about a bargain!

      I have used that expression myself, "but for the grace of God," but I worry if either you or I have used it correctly. I do not believe homeless people are the forsaken of God. In fact, if you read the Bible, Jesus often held poor people, "the least of us," up as examples of people he held dear and many times directed people to help them. God often sent poor people to deliver His messages to the people and He usually chose someone poor and not thought well of as His prophets. As you know, all of His prophets were treated horribly and usually stoned. No one wanted to hear their wisdom or their words and no one thought anything they might have any value since the prophets were poor.

      In today's world people tend to think the wealthier a person is the more blessed that person is by God. In fact, God is not the only giver of gifts in this world. Remember how Satan promised Jesus everything if He would obey him, satan? Yes, while Jesus was being tested in the desert. Satan still makes every effort to get people to give him their souls and more than you might think succumb.

      Jesus said in the Bible that it is easier for a rich man (or woman) to go through the eye of a needle than to get into Heaven. That is because they are proud and refuse to share among other reasons.

      So being wealthy doesn't mean one has God's grace anymore than living in poverty or being homeless means one has lost God's grace. There is a reason for everything and it may not be the reason that seems obvious.

      Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.

      1John 3:17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?

      I really think we are all at times using the word 'grace' incorrectly, myself included. If the Bible is to be believed, poor people, people living in poverty-- and few are more poverty stricken than the homeless, are in fact favored by God. When He walked this planet, He did so as one of the homeless and was all the more hated by some people as a result.

      Poor people who have faith in God and who love Him, though homeless, have not lost His grace. I really think they are His chosen to test the faith of those people who proclaim their Christianity, but give no sign that it truly exists. Here is an opportunity to believe God when He says He will reward you handsomely for sharing with your homeless brother/sister.

      This poem has made me stop and think, for as I said, I use that phrase freely myself often times, 'but for the grace of God.' I'm going to have to think about how I can say what I mean with other words, because I think I have been using it incorrectly. I thank you for pointing that out even though it was unintentional.

      Isn't it amazing how through our writing we touch so many lives and bring about thought and consideration by others that we will never even know about? How powerful is our keyboard? People all over the world have access to our printed word. Even just one reader creates a ripple effect.

      Anyone who reads our words will be changed. They may or may not agree, but they will have learned something they didn't know before and therefore be changed. That small change will affect their thinking, which in turn affects their speaking and their manor in general. Sometimes the affect will be great and sometimes very tiny, but it will still be there making a difference.

      You are making a difference with your writing even though you may not realize it, nor ever know how many hearts and minds you have touched. See how powerful you are! I'm glad you are shining a light on homeless people and their plight.

      Sharing this with followers. Blessings for you dear friend, and may they be plentiful. Take care . . .

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      Chitrangada Sharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice, touching and powerful poem!

      Nothing can be as painful as homelessness. And who knows--it can happen to anyone.

      Beautiful and compassionate message through your poem. Thanks for sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Poignant and powerful poem, dear Shyron.

      I've served the homeless in my own little personal ministry and have written about the homeless too. Once, I know I was ministered to by an angel, and maybe even have seen the face of Jesus. Another time, the Holy Spirit convicted me after I became so mad about "where are all the Christians" for don't "they" see that homeless man standing on the busy downtown street in the 110 degree heat! Well ... I heard in my mind, "What about you?" That's when everything changed and I became proactive. Every little kindness shown to the downtrodden or anyone goes a long way. All of us can do something.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Thank you John for your comment and yes, you are right to know what a man is going through walk a mile in his shoes.

      Blessings and hugs my friend always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you for the comments. I too know how things can happen, there was a time when my whole family was homeless for two weeks, it could have been longer had dad not found a job.

      Blessings always, I really appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Larry Rankin, thank you for the comment and complement, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings always my friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Mike, thank you for the compliment and comment, It is true that a misstep can cause people to get in such a mess it is hard to recover and sometimes some people never recover from tragedy.

      Blessings always my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Adeniji, thank you for your comment, glad you loved it.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Adeniji Tolulope, thank you for the compliment and comment, I really appreciate you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Surabhi, thank you so much for the comment and compliment, I do appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Michael Milec, thank you my dear friend for the comment, I do appreciate you so very much.

      Blessings my dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      My dear beautiful friend Maria (marcoujor) I appreciate you so very much, thank you so much for the comment.

      Blessings and hugs always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you so much my dear friend, thank you for the visit, and comment.

      Blessing

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment and sharing, you are right and I thank you for writing this. I do appreciate you.

      I hope all is well with you

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Chitrangada, for the comments, I do appreciate you. Many Blessings to my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Dear Theresa, thank you for sharing your personal experiences, and thank you for the visit and comments.

      Blessings and much peace with you my dear friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 9 months ago from Shelton

      shyron.. wow I just loved the poem and its concept.. so I say again but slower... wow

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Frank, thank you so very much for the compliment and comment. Blessings and hugs my friend.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 9 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved this piece so much. How very true, we could be that person on the street, that's why we should never look the other way. Hugs!

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Ruby, my beautiful gem of a friend, I thank you for the comments, compliments and Hugs. Blessings and hugs to you also.

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      FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

      You have a kind heart. Many look away or pretend not to notice. My family volunteered at an event for college students on move-in weekend and there were some homeless people in the park along with the college students' families. You couldn't distinguish some but others had been homeless a long time. Some of the volunteers let them participate in some of the student games and giveaways when traffic was slow (bouncy house, climbing wall, food). They were very grateful.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Shelly, my beautiful friend thank you for the comment. I am so glad that the volunteers included the less fortunate in the festivities, It is such a shame that anyone is homeless and hungry.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      Mizzery Chick 9 months ago from Outside your window...

      This was so lovely. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing this with us!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 9 months ago from The Caribbean

      Shyron, thanks for putting into words the feeling to which I and perhaps many others can relate. "There but for the Grace of God, goes I" is a truth worth contemplating.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Becca, thank you so very much for the comment, I am glad you enjoyed it and you are so welcome.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      MsDora, thank you for reading and commenting. Yes I too can relate and maybe some day can write about the experience. I do appreciate you.

      Many Blessings my friend.

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      Norma Lawrence 9 months ago from California

      Great poem. Enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Norma, thank you for the comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings

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      Mel Carriere 9 months ago from San Diego California

      How many times do we drive by a man like this, exhale our pity upon him, then stop and do nothing to make his life happier or easier? Most of the time they're not asking for handouts, they just want someone to make them feel human for a moment. Beautiful words.

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Thank you Mel, for the comment, compliment I do appreciate you. Yes, you got my meaning. They just want someone to make the homeless feel like they have not become less human.

      Blessings my friend

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      Nadine May 9 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Lovely and it made me think of an image with the following quote: Your perception of Me is a reflection of You - My reaction to you is an awareness of Me!

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      Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago from Texas

      Nadine, thank you for the comment and the quote. I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

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      ocfireflies 8 months ago from North Carolina

      Shyron,

      Such beauty and grace painting a portrait of humanity.

      Thank You,

      Kim

      PS--So thankful for net access even if it is sporadic

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Kim, thank you for the compliment, and comment.

      I hope you net stays steady

      And many fireflies you catch

      For I feel in my heart you love them

      And have your jars to keep the ready

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

      And thank you once again

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      Hari Prasad S 8 months ago from Bangalore

      Very touching poetry shyron.

      The cities we live in are oceans, that roar,

      Water, that cannot be potable at all.

      Lost in the herd, all are single soul,

      Those who fall, stare, at its fake galore.

      - hari

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Hari, thank you so much for the comment and your visit

      I am so glad you were touched

      Blessings my friend.

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      Devika Primić 8 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful mind thinks with talent and hope.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Devika, thank you so very much for the comment, I do appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 8 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Shyron. This is a very touching poem and strong message. To criticize or have bitter feelings towards the homeless is a sad thing indeed. A homeless person's story is rarely known because people do not care. Great work, Shyron dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 8 months ago from Texas

      Phyllis, thank you for reading and your comment, compliment and for being my dear friend.

      You are so right, people rarely know the reason a person is homeless and rarely if ever care why or how they become homeless.

      Blessings my dear friend.

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      Anita Hasch 7 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      What a lovely poem Shyron. I love writers as most have such big caring hearts. Many times you come across people, even some of your own family that seem to feel nothing for others. Bless you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Anita, thank you for the comment, compliment, I do appreciate you so very much.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Anita Hasch 7 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Thank you Shyron, your hubs are really thought provoking. Bless you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Thank Anita for the comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend

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      Bcab5819 7 months ago

      Very powerful and moving poetry--definitely makes one think. Thanks for sharing!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Bcab5819, thank you also for sharing and for you comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend

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      Peg Cole 7 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      This heartfelt and poignant poem really touched my heart. Beautifully written. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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      John Hansen 7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I had to read this moving and emotive piece of poetry again, Shyron. Any one of us could end up in that man's shoes. Love that version of Amazing Grace too.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Peg, thank you so much for the compliment and comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Thank you John for the return visit, and the compliment. I love any version of Amazing Grace, next to Dolly Parton's Hello God or when Elvis sang How Great thou Art.

      I really appreciate every thing you do.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend

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      Randi Benlulu 7 months ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautifully stated. I think you hit home for many of us!

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      Shyron E Shenko 7 months ago from Texas

      Randi, thank you so much for the comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Anita Hasch 7 months ago from Port Elizabeth

      Such a lovely thoughtful poem. Had to read it again. Reminds me of the time when i took my two children to the beach. As we climbed out of the car, a couple came from the beach and said we had to be careful as there was a homeless person at the pool. Out of season the beach was normally deserted. Anyway I took my two small kids to the pool and met this homeless man. He was quite well dressed and very well spoken. Told me that he had been a pilot. Well I believed him and could see that he was a decent person. Who knows what had happened in his life. I know of a Doctor that landed on the streets due to drink. Anyway

      I could see his problem was not drink or drugs. Our garden flat was vacant at the time and I invited him to stay there overnight. So I arrive

      home with this rather large homeless man and after leaving him at the flat, went into the house. My husband nearly had a fit and carried on for ages. Luckily the flat was some distance from the house. I still don't think I did anything wrong and that you must do what your heart tells you, never mind the reaction of the perfect people.

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      Patricia Scott 7 months ago from sunny Florida

      Have been homeless, have felt invisible....and despite how others treated me and mine, we were in God's hands and that took us up and over the difficult times....it was a lesson in humility.

      Hoping all is well with you.... Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Mr. Happy 7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Beautiful! Always beautiful to read a piece of writing written with love, compassion and understanding.

      Cheers and all the best to You! : )

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      Peg Cole 6 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      A beautiful and poignant piece, deep and thought-provoking. Yes, there but for the grace of God... So true.

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Patricia, thank you for the comment and a special thank you for the Angels, we sure need them today.

      I too have been homeless, we lived on Seal Beach in a small tent, the five of us, Mom, Dad, 2 brothers and me.

      Hoping all is well with you and your family.....Blessings and hugs my dear beautiful friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 6 months ago from Shelton

      wow, someone from the hub community sent this to me.. and I don't think I've read it.. or commented on this.. bless you Shyron.. bless you

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Anita, thank you for your comment, I really appreciate you. You are an amazing person, to help someone that is homeless.

      Blessings my friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Peg, thank you so much for the comment, I do appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Mr. Happy, I so happy that you happened by

      I thank you for the comment and the compliment

      Cheers and blessings my friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago from Texas

      Frank, I am so happy that you stopped by,

      I appreciate the comment and the blessings

      And Blessings to you too.

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      T S Sky 5 months ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      Beautifully well written.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago from Texas

      Theresa, thank you for the comment, I do appreciate you.

      Blessings

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      T S Sky 5 months ago from Saint Louis, MO.

      You are welcome. Thank you for the blessings. xoxo

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      Juliet Stewart-Austin 2 months ago from San Antonio, TX.

      I loved it, a beautiful testament to the other human condition, our lack of compassion for our Elderly as well as Humanity. Keep up the great writing.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

      Juliet, thank you for the comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings.

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      Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Afraid to look into his hollow eyes, for I may find myself there." A beautifully profound and bittersweet piece, Shyron. You delved in quite deep for this one and I feel it. Peace, Paula

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 months ago from Texas

      Dear Paula, thank you for the complement and comment, I really appreciate you my beautiful friend.

      Blessings and hugs

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