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Pathways (John Z's Challenge)
by Sherry Gail Heim

Saturday, March 12, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to read, I miss you all so much. I saw this challenge on Katy W's poem and just had to give it a shot.

"THE CHALLENGE" Draw a character using only that character’s words – The character may either tell us about themselves, or interact with a silent and unseen “other”. No description just dialogue…



Pathways



I have been homeless for about nine years now

I am not stupid nor am I uneducated, I am just poor

In the place where I live, there is no room for poverty

I am shunned because I wear recycled clothing

I am regarded as an animal because I sleep in doorways or on the ground



I love the world that spins around me, though I am not a part of it now

Once I was a businessman, I had my degree and a great job

I had a boss who was dishonest and placed me in a position to take a fall

He embezzled and I was the one who was blamed

I went to jail and that was the last time I had work



I thought I could redeem myself; I thought that someone would believe me

I was sorely mistaken. Would you believe that I still have a Library Card

I read everyday as I sit and watch the world pass me by

It is not the worst life, I could be without self respect

Like my former boss who committed suicide while I was serving his time



I wish he would have left a note, absolving me of his crimes

I wish he would have had the credibility to have not done it at all in the first place

But he was not right, somehow; he thought money would make him happy

I am happy, though I have no money, I have my self esteem and the sunrises

I am a camper every night and in the morning I bathe in a waterfall or stream



I once was a soldier, I would have gladly died for my country and for freedom

I now have more freedom than I ever imagined and yet I live in seclusion

I have more faith than I ever knew I could muster

Yet I am not welcome at the church except for at the door that leads to the soup kitchen

I have learned that poverty is regarded as a contagious disease



I think of myself as a man from a time long ago, perhaps a pioneer

I live off of the land and I sweat in the sunshine

I sleep under the stars and the moon and I fall asleep marveling at the Constellations

Oh, did I mention that I have a dog, named Rex?

He is my only true friend and my constant touch with reality



Sherry Heim

March 12, 2005

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2005





 

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 3/25/2005
Oustanding poetical writing. "Pathways (John Z's Challenge)"
is depicting pictures on homeless
and victms of the judiciary system.
The warmth of the breath of a true story can be felt throughout the lines of "Pathways (John Z's Challenge)".

I salute You, Sublime Poet!


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 3/22/2005
Wonderful write, Sherry! You have exceeded the challenge in this one.

Sandie Angel a.k.a. Sandie May Angel :o)
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 3/21/2005
Hello Sherry, looks like you met the challenge in grand style. G
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 3/21/2005
This was excellent Sherry, outstanding poem for the challenge! Ah so touching and beautifully insightful,

Reindeer
Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/21/2005
you've done fantsatic
an excellent write
most enjoyable reading

William .....Peace & Love
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 3/20/2005
You've gone into the heart of a real soul here, Sherry. This is true of many homeless. We don't want to see that so many could be us, just like us. Great job with the challenge. You're such a sensitive thinker. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 3/20/2005
You always write such moving poems,you really sya a lot in your poems.
This one is deep moving and inspirational too.
Great work!
Best wishes
from
kay
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 3/15/2005
lady you did it well,
seems to know it well too
that is just how it is sometimes
enjoyed reading...take care
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 3/14/2005
Superb! Perfectly written. self esteem the only thing really needed to keep one going. The dog named Rex now we both know how true that is. Thanks for adding that in there too. Makes it all so Complete of the true realities of life and all that was truly given.
Perfection! Sherry. Perfection!
tracey
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 3/14/2005
Excellent work, Sherry. Always a pleasure to read
Amor
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 3/13/2005
Done as only Sherry can do. Lots of emotion penned throughout
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/13/2005
You have painted a vivid psychological portrait of your character and thus, are able to share it most effectively with your readers. Thank you, Sherry. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/13/2005
This is extremely powerful, Sherry, and this person lives, breathes and I feel I have had a glimpse into his whole life's history. You have picked some stunning details to fill us in with and is so real I hope that this is not about someone known to you! You could weave a whole novel here. Such grace and compassion, too. As George has so succinctly put it, excellent. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by George Jackson 3/13/2005
Excellent.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 3/13/2005
Sherry,
One only has to know that you've written to know they are in for a well-mastered write when they open your Den!
The images this painted was clearly a masterpiece for the soul. Not only could they be seen, they were felt and would transport one to very spot of this man's world.
When you take a challenge..it can't be matched!
Take care and be well!

Lisa
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 3/12/2005
Excellent potrail of a homeless person..
Some like it, some pull off the streets
and live better lives..
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 3/12/2005
I have to agree with Karla. This is such a picture that one can see, the plight of the homeless. If I had my way, and the resources to put it all together, I would gather them out of the raging storm, and givem food, shelter, clean clothes, and a place to sleep. It breaks my heart so to see these people, shunned by society, not have a decent place to sleep. There is a man in a wheel chair, a Vietnam vet, who has no legs, yet he is homeless, because his family doesn't want him. He sleeps whereever he can that is warm in the winter. Since most of the states have done away with the vagrancy laws, because being a vagrant isn't a crime, they can't put these people in jail, because jails are for criminals. But there should be a way to help these poor people who suffer needlessly, because of society's selfishness. Good write Sherry. May the Lord be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love, peace, & (((HUGS))), Barbie

"If I have to...Then I may as well be."
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/12/2005
Sherry,

You've captured, dramatically and realistically, the plight of a homeless person. BRAVA!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla (who's been there) *tears*
Reviewed by john zimmerman 3/12/2005
a fine job and the challenge is well met!

i love the line:
I have learned that poverty is regarded as a contagious disease
again well done!

john+
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/12/2005
All too true and bitterly so. I sit on the board for a community centre in a depressed community and the social, class and financial levels of the people who must now use our services (foodbanks, meals, resume services, daycare etc) is changing more and more each day. Nice rise to the challenge of John Z and a great socail statement.

Felix
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/12/2005
Very well penned and very emotional Sherry!!

You did a great job here!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/12/2005
Sherry you have me in tears and at the same time I'm so angry at the injustices of this world I could spit nails. I know this is not fiction, because there are too many it has happened to . One of my friends. His specialist job was done away with and at the age of 58, he can't find anything. It's been 8 months. This is a fantastic response to the challenge, superbly done!
Reviewed by jude forese 3/12/2005
this is an very moving account of a man who put his trust in the corrupted undertaking of those who are of a higher status in the corporate world ... i have a friend who experienced such a scenario ... went to the federal pen for 5 years for indirectly being involved (conspiracy) in hoarding strategic gems from the government for a higher price ... when he was released from jail, he went into the other direction and became a top music manager, the likes of Metallica and Antrax ... some can move ahead from diversity, some fall away into its tragic effects ...

great write ...
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/12/2005
oh, this is so sad! powerful and gutwrenching write; very well done, sherry! brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <



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