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Homeless Man
by CJ Heck

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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But for the grace of God go I ...

Homeless Man

Homeless man I watched as you
lined 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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Reviewed by Robert Blackwell 1/1/2007
Very profound work, CJ. I published a poem in a similar vein last year. (It'll take some getting used to, thinking of 2006 as "last year.")
Reviewed by Daniel McTaggart 12/31/2006
A very strong and emotional picture, CJ. Good one.
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 12/30/2006

A very tender, but powerful, write... on a very disturbing and heart-rending situation.

I wrote about this also (Bringin' It Home) some time ago..
Before my daughter went to Bible College, she had a street ministry with her two boys, (which I had the honor of naming) "Steps of Faith". I went with them one day, into the back alleys, dumpsters, under bridges...and I was in constant tears to see how the people ran up to them - eager to see them!
The boys were several years younger then, and both special needs, but they took tracts and told them about Jesus....leaving them their smiles and their Hope! My daughter and the boys held them, prayed with them, sometimes gave them money, food, clothes - or took them to fill an actual physical need, to afford even a small comfort.

We try to live by what Christ spoke: "What you do to the least of these, you do to Me."

God bless you, CJ, for your loving heart.
I trust you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!
Now, may The LORD God of Israel grant you a New Year filled with His Peace & His Presence, too!

Love always, Rhonda
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 12/30/2006
A very touching write my friend...sad situation but a realistic one, especially sad during the holidays, hard to imagine that they don't have any family or what is even more sad is that they have family and their still homeless...thought provoking.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 12/24/2006
touching and fitting poetry for ths holiday cj
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 12/23/2006
A great piece C.J. Such a sad thing as Christmas pulls in closer. And you said it true...But for the Grace of God go I.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/23/2006
This an excellent write to a sad situation
I did a write ti this same theme (Thanksgiving in a Box)
If You get a chance Please read it
peace be with you

Merry Christmas
Love & Peace

Reviewed by Rusty Daily 12/8/2006
The first verse is ripe with detail, drawing a real life picture. The rest shows the hopelessness of hope, because of a yes-but attitude most would take with the man. It is amazing how you can write with such picture perfect insight.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/15/2006
There, but for the Grace of God, go I sums it up perfectly. Been there, done that, don't want to return. A powerful, shattering write, excellently penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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