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The Hobo

Updated on July 24, 2016

The Hobo

He looked so worn out and wrinkled old

He wanders from town to town so I am told

A hobo is he, a loner you could say

He catches my interest in some fascinating way

I watch him as I sit at a table outside a restaurant

He looks happy; a life fulfilled not having a single want

As he walks toward a beggar sitting on a mat

I wonder what this hobo will do, will he stop to chat?

What? Do my eyes deceive me, can what I see be true?

The bum reaches in his pocket and gives him his change and says “May God bless you”

The beggar looks up with a great big smile

He says “May God be with you every mile”

The hobo gently touches the man on the cheek

Not a word is spoken, neither needs to speak

Well, before my very eyes a miracle I did see

The hobo's clothes turned a pure white, the beggar jumped up and shouts out with glee

An angel the hobo most certainly must be

He then spoke and said, “Take up your mat and come follow me”

So the two wandered off on a mission ordained by God that very day

They traveled from town to town ministering to those who have gone astray

Thomas H. Czech

November 17, 2009


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    • thomasczech profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      We had a guy who walked from place to place in my community. He was nicknamed "Flying Phil". Great guy. No-one knew much about him. But he was the friendliest guy on our island and was loved by all.

    • Gina Welds-Hulse profile image

      Gina Welds Hulse 

      2 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      Powerful read! I think we do have a hobo living in my community. I've been told he is actually quite wealthy, but chooses to move from community to community. Most people refer to him as the rich, homeless guy. He stays in one area for a few days. Then he may be spotted in another community miles away. We always wondered how he got around, but it looks like he just walks.

      "An angel the hobo most certainly must be." I have had my own experiences with angels, and actually started a painting yesterday based on one of those experiences.

    • thomasczech profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Canada

      That's awesome. Thanks for sharing. From my understanding, a hobo is a person who travels from place to place, some take up odd jobs for food. A beggar generally stays in one community (sometimes moves to another if he has to) and he begs for money or food. Now those interpretations are from many decades ago since we really do not have hobo's anymore, per se.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Interesting read. I've actually been a witness to this type of similar scenario while serving the homeless in my personal ministry, except I am not a hobo, and have written about it. I've wondered about the difference between a hobo and a beggar.


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