(01/19/1990 / Houston, TX)

Homeless Man

Homeless man I watched you
line a deserted doorway,
your Maytag boxes cardboard monuments
in Fed Ex labels
and signs pointing 'This Side Up',

stark reminders of what is,
and what could be,
but for the grace of God.

I wondered if I wished hard enough,
a Fed Ex truck might spirit you away
on a magic carpet ride
to where you wouldn't be invisible
for those who take the time
to look and really see

to where someone would offer
you a job with no Catch 22,
first telling you to shower
and have clean clothes,
and you with no money for either
without a job.

I wished. I prayed.
But for the grace of God go I.

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Comments (5)

A well articulated train of thoughts, well articulated, nicely encapsulated and penned from the heart. Every problem has a life span, so one must learn to take ugly situations in stride by keeping faith. Given adequate time bad situations eventually changes to favourable ones. It is an existential absurdity to conceive of life with problems. We must always remember that FAITH KEEPS THOSE THAT KEEP THE FAITH. A lovely poem indeed. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.
Ah! This poem is wonderful! It has true emotion I totally identify with your sitation
This write is filled with so much anger and saddness, that's how life can go all the way to be very hard and unfair, but my for you is that keep strong, no one is powerfull than you in your nor anything can take you down in your own universe... The African son
This write is filled with so much anger and saddness, that's how life can go all the way to be very hard and unfair, but my for you is that keep strong, no one is powerfull than you in your nor anything can take you down in your own universe...
A very powerful poem, packed with emotion. A great write. May i invite you to read my new poem called, Secrets And Lies.