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Anonymous Faces
by Linda M Hill

Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I hope you all don't mind reading this poem once again. It's one of my favorites. The homeless have always touched my heart. It could be me...or any of us. Thank you for reading this.

Anonymous faces
Stare at me
Then go home
To their TV
This cold bench
Is where I stay
Wonder if I'm
In the way
Hunger ravaging
Deep in my gut
Infection in
A ragged cut
Only coldness
All around
Lonely makes
A hell of a sound


Anonymous faces
Rush on by
Not seeing the
Tears I cry
The pain of living
Is too much
I ache for one
Tender touch
Every day is
Always the same
Playing the
Survival game
Walking these old
Streets alone
Hope and happiness
Are long gone


Anonymous faces
They don't care
Smell of chicken
In the air
The world is swiftly
Moving on
I'm standing still
Existing alone
No bed to sleep in
But a cold ground
Nothing to eat
But some scraps I found
I don't own much
Just the clothes on my back
A lifetime of living
In a paper sack

© Linda Hill 2003
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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/10/2007
You have captured the plight of the homeless with this compelling write. Its sad but true....M
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 4/8/2007
touchingly written. we all are affected whether or not we admit it. thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/7/2007
A sad reality Linda!!

Happy Easter to you and yours!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 4/6/2007
this is real apart of all us and like you siad couldbeone of us someday, this world ain't no joke
wonderful share
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 4/4/2007
Very insightful of the plight of the homeless. Still a very sad situation.

Be safe,
Reviewed by jude forese 4/4/2007
you personalize homelessness with compassion and sensitivity, presenting its lonely and discarded sense of being ...
Reviewed by Jibril Mohamed 4/4/2007
Homelessness is a situation in which no human being should live in at this era. Thank you for raising your voice loud enough.

Thanks again.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 4/4/2007
Very compassionately written Linda. Your heart is overflowing with love in these words. One needs to be very careful nowadays though, many of these people are not just poor unfortunates. Many are very dangerous. Blessings to you ...

Light and Wisdom ...
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/4/2007
A worthy capture of real life for all too many among us, the "invisible" ones. Your images are what I think of all too often, as I cosy down between warm sheets at night, wondering how the homeless manage to survive. I like that you highlight the anonymous faces of the "ignorant" passers-by... so often it is THAT which is just so hurtful to them... the fact that we plain just "don't see them". Thank you for this touching write. Kate xx
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 4/4/2007
While Those Weak Can't Find Way Out Without Doubt I TRASK Will Save Little Children 1st-You Humanity Will Be My Witness To--Simply (God) Too Busy Creating More Holy Hell...

Of Our Most Compassionate Authors Den I Can't Create Any Better Word Of True Love Is Linda,i.e.COMPASSION...

I Know You Had Have Good Momma She's Still By You In Spirit...

Your True Friend, TRASK
Reviewed by Stan Grimes 4/4/2007
I loved it Linda, and it's so sad, and so damn true.

Reviewed by Paul Berube 4/4/2007

Always a treat reading your poetry my friend.
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 4/4/2007
It should be read again and again
At lot of folks can't pay the rent
or house payment and wind up
homeless, of course the banks and
big corporations only care about
the money.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 4/4/2007
Dear Linda, I never grow tierd of your poems; you have a heart of gold, and I am honored to know you and to call you friend, love Holly
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/4/2007
This is awesome write Linda and yes I agree the line between home and homeless is only a few paycheques, a few needles, a few too many trips to the casino, a few too many drinks or any other number of things. I have been very close to that line and I know that we can all slip pretty easily. Hope more people read this and see that.

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 4/4/2007
Very compeling write. I could not begin to think what it would be like to have to be homeless as these people are. Much less survive on the streets. And I hear people sometimes choose to live like this. That's even more beyound my comprehension. Lady J
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/4/2007

I remember this one, and no, I don't mind reading it: it should be shouted from the rooftops!!!!! We all are hanging on the ragged edge of homelessness: it just takes one small nudge to push us over. I know, been there. And what hurts the worst: our Veterans are swelling their ranks. Excellent, excellent write.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/4/2007
We need to treat the homeless better than we do or at least do something to help. Very timely reminder, Linda; thanks for reposting this! Very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/4/2007
More than worth the read Linda. Thank you for the reminder.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/4/2007
I hope many read this over and over again, Linda. And very sadly to me, many of America's forgotten homeless were once valiant soldiers fighting for this nation, and now, we very callously forget them, too.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/4/2007
Always is there someone that cares, not an anonymous face, the one that offers compassion and a smile.
Thank you for care.

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