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Updated on February 25, 2011

I wasn’t always like this

You wouldn’t look away

if only you could see me

Back in the day

Back in the day I had an office

I had a secretary too

I commanded everyone’s attention

Never guessed it would be through

But then came the Recession

And I heard all of the talk

sitting in my leather chair

There’s no way they’d be telling me to walk

I helped build this corporation

Are you thinking here at all

People run to do my bidding

All I have to do is make a call

Back in the day

I can’t find employment cause I’m over qualified

And what I used to know has quickly up an died

My condo, do you see it?

That building over there

I always took the elevator

Living too high for the stairs

I’d come in from shopping

And eat steak and lobster every night

Now I eat by dumpster diving

Some times I don’t eat at all if I’m to weak to fight

Everything I have is in this cart

I didn’t plan it this way

This wasn’t supposed to be my part

I was somebody …

back in the day

Don’t turn your head

I have feelings

can’t you see the pain

You think I chose to be out here in cold

In never ending rain

Hey mister, do you have some change

I’m hungry and I hurt

I know that you can’t tell it

But I’m a human –not just dirt

Do you think this can't happen to you?

How many people are living one paycheck from foreclosure, eviction? Do you have several months worth of living expenses in liquid assets? If your health or the health of a loved one suddenly ran up medical bills that your insurance would not cover, what would you do? What would happen if there was a horrible mistake on your taxes and the IRS had all of your assets frozen? Where would you go if a natural disaster wiped out your home, your community?

We can't foresee or even prepare for every circumstance of life but we can be much more aware. The economy is going to get a whole lot worse before, and if, it gets better. You could find yourself in situations you never dreamed of - ever - could not happen to you - to your family.

The next time you see a homeless human with their head bent down in shame, sickness, defeat ... pray when that head lifts you don't see your face staring back. If you don't want to give money, give a sandwich, some hot coffee, soup. Speak to the person - say hello, say God Bless you, smile at them. Treat them the way you would want to be treated ...

by Phoenix


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  • Poohgranma profile image

    Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

    mythicalstorm273 - so very sorry to have missed your comment. I'm sure that's not true and your song/poem is very good. Is it posted here on HP? I'd love to read it.

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    Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

    Thanks so much Sooner28. Well, I don't live all that far from this reality and can imagine it, perhaps more easily than some. But yes, we HAVE to get this country turned around, I agree completely! Thanks for reading and for you comments.

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    Sooner28 5 years ago

    I wish more people would take the time to reflect on the plight of their fellow human beings. Even making a feeble attempt to imagine what it's like to not have a house to go to, or not have food to eat, should be enough to move any moral human being to vote for candidates that will actually enact policies that will help the least among us. Good hub!

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    mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

    Oh I loved this! I have a song/poem that I wrote a long time ago that deals with a similar issue... somebody who was high up but then they lost everything they had. Of course yours is done a lot better!

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    And you too, always MD. But for the grace of God ...

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    Micky Dee 6 years ago

    God bless you Poohgranma. I do love this. Some people will only give to the "organizations of charity". I like to give my donations on a personal level like this. God bless you.

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    CMerritt - I thank you for your reading and for your comments.

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    Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

    This is one that kind of stays in the back of your mind, no matter HOW successful you may feel you are...excellent food for thought, and very well done.

    I vote up and awesome.

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    Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    Chilling, poignant, and very timely. Yes, this can happen to anyone at anytime. I only wish more people shared your heart and your conscience. Bravo, Pooh!

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    Thank you for visiting and for your encouraging remarks. Your heart is as big as the universe! God bless you too.

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    stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    The kindness in your heart is awesome. You have some good ideas what can be given to someone who is living life in hard times. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    Very true Laurie.

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    LaurieDawn 6 years ago

    No matter how high people climb, we all need to realize that at any given time in life, we can fall just as far.

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    Thank-you saddlerider. I hope this has an impact, that would be wonderful. We seem to have a hate for the homeless (generalization) which I attribute to pure fear, and perhaps ignorance of the facts, but fear that it could just as easily be them.

    I had read some comments a while back in another hub in which the writer said a homeless woman had passed in front of their car at a stop sign, weeping, and there was nothing they could do because they would have had to turn the car around or some such nonsense. It went on to discuss bad life choices and having the determination to pull one's self up by the boot straps, choosing to be homeless .... While I acknowledged the validity of some of it, the whole thing has been stuck in my craw ever since!

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    saddlerider1 6 years ago

    This certainly was a very poignant poem. I totally agree many people are one pay check away from being homeless. It's a very sad state of affairs in many countries and like you said it's going to get worse before it get's better.

    I have in the past lived closest to the streets and it was not a pretty sight. Help the homeless whenever you can, give with an open heart, show you care and exude LOVE because one day you may be the face looking up and asking for help. Thank you for putting this out, I know it will have an impact on peoples souls.

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    BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

    haha agreed

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    Ben, I don't do poetry as you can see but this just came to me about three this morning when I couldn't sleep. Amazingly weird what a tired brain will do

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    Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

    You bet, I hope more people will write their experiences and stories here.

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    BenWritings 6 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

    This was really good, and sad.

    I myself barely manage to pay rent, and I live off of the cheapest food I can buy.

    It sucks never having luxuries, never having fun, never going out...but I basically understand this. Though I have never lived on the streets.

    Good work, and a good topic

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    SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

    yup....many are close to the edge...many stories of life...folks need to stop awhile, open their eyes and listen...

    i'm helping a man right now who is very close to the edge of not having a roof over his head...(my work)...what got me was the first time we met...he turned to me and said thank you for listening to me and not asking me to leave...i've been in touch with him over the last few step at a time....Monday i realized he couldn't i've gained more info in order to be better able to support him now that i know his wee secret...he's turning 65 in May...Cdn. veteran....lost in the step at a time....smiles with his eyes when he sees me...he knows i've plenty of time for him....i'd hope someone would do the same for me....

    ...thanks for acknowledging one of the stories....