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The problem with homelessness....

Who is this person?
Standing here
in this
filthy alley of
Dirty cloths
Matted hair
Weathered skin
Empty eyes.
Lives in the street
No place
to rest..
No money
to eat…
Part of a
nonexistent world..
No one remembers..
Who he is..
Who he once was..
Not always worthless..
Not a lost cause..
A victim of
circumstance in this
cavernous world..
Sucked into
societies vacuum
of hopelessness..
No longer part of the
human population…
Now less than an
There is no help…
Nothing more than
a frayed thread of hope..
To help him climb out of
Looking through
a tired haze..
Transparent in his
In another world..
Brain starved..
For nourishment..
He walks on
Grasping his
thread of
Praying to one day
be reunited..
With his aspirations..
With who he once was..
With who he can be..
Holding on for the
To be
once again part of the
human population.





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Reviewed by jude forese 4/17/2004
living in NY, there are so many homeless people living on the sreets, living uderground in the deep recesses of the subway system ... it is an insurmountable problem that can never really be resolved ... it is somewhat up to the individual but assistance lacks so much in resources ...

excellet poem
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/17/2004
This was so sad and so true, excellent expression Erica, this was so moving,

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/17/2004
Been there, many years ago, never will forget, it can happen again, to excellent posting Erica, and the picture says a great deal to this write as well...Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 4/17/2004
And most of us look away, look away, as we walk by, and many of these homeless are vets from previous wars wwho have been put back on the street because of budget cutting caused by the right-wing NO MORE TAX crowd.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 4/17/2004
Yep. Been there. Done that. The only thing that keeps those down there are two reasons, mental problems, or mental problems. Oh, that is just one thing, huh? You have to hate where you are at so much that nothing will deter you from climbing out of that rat hole. It can be done. It is done each and every day. But you must first WANT to climb over the trash and become a person again.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 4/17/2004
Moving write Erica and it could happen to any
one of us....very sad and touching...floria
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/17/2004
Very powerful piece Erica!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/17/2004
Thanks to my ex I was homeless for two years, but I used it to grow, get strong, and win, ened up paying heaps for a hostel fire escape, now I love my little home, she took all, I've earned and took many thousands from my bank by fraud, but this has lead me to AD, and Michelle, so if this happens to anyone there is a way out. Faith is the answer, my only possesion was a small bible, I trusted every word, now happiest ever, apart son fighting.

Bloody great write, I was treated third claSS, heart and God said different..
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/17/2004

this tore my heart out--because i was there, once

captured vividly and dramatically, this pulls no punches--thank you

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

we are only one turn away from being there ourselves, perhaps--it happened to me
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