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.

by C.J. Heck

Comments (5)

lol that's what I do look and read and learn and then let my story's unfold...
Janice: Your comment is interesting, although I am not sure how to interpret RC's comments. As to your remarks about people taking things personally and about age having absolutely nothing to do with being able to write... I totally disagree with you there. Where would we all be if we did NOT take things personally? : -)) And the old Latin saying Repetitio est mater studiorum has never been refuted. The fact that many youngsters think that they know everything, are able to do everything and all of this better than their elders doesn't make it so. If one receives an award at age 8 then this is an age-related award. And if one receives one at age 99 it is the same. In between is what we must concentrate on. But I think I know what you mean.: -))
WHY for goodness sake to do many people take things personally. Poetry is self expression and we all do that as poets. Golly gosh oh gee! Get over it and enjoy being creative instead of touchy and pathetic. AGE has absolutely NOTHING to do with being able to write. I got my first award and was published at 8 years old and I'm still doing it at 55yrs. I never once thought about how old I was, or how old I wasn't. In response to RC Abbekka
Well herbert i never got to be a young poet, i am glad that i didn't write at a young age, for i wasn't ready to write poetry i do read the young poets and i enjoy them, young woman young men with a point of view, which i respect if i dont like what they say it doesn't matter, but what you wrote needed to be said, i give you a ten or i give you nothing, i gave you a score With a warmth allan
Thanks Lawrence for your comments. Was it you that gave me a ONE? More likely a young poet who is still in diapers and doesn't know what a limerick is. H