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A Homeless Christmas
by larry r linville
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I drove by a homeless person and wondered what his Christmas was like.



Where do you hang your stocking
in your little cardboard home
which you have insulated
with some discarded foam?

Even if you had a chance
and it was given you for free
where underneath your bridge
would you put your Christmas tree?

How does it feel to hold your
“will work for food” sign
as most people drive by
to go home where they dine?

Do you wonder at the people
and think it is so odd
they ignore your desperation
while arguing about God?

Do you know you’re like Jesus
and he was just like you?
There is no room in the inn
so he was homeless too.

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 12/28/2010
THIS IS SO TOUCHING AND THE FACT THAT LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, I WAS HOMELESS IN WASHINGTON, DC MAKE YOUR WORDS EVEN MORE MEANINGFUL FOR ME. STILL I DO REMEMBER AND WILL NEVER FORGET THAT IN THE MIDST OF MY HARDTIMES SWEET JESUS NEVER LET ME FORGET THAT HE WAS NEAR. I GOT INTO A SHELTER AND THERE WERE SO MANY WAYS THAT HE REACHED OUT TO COMFORT ME....THROUGH NATURE AND THE KINDNESS OF PEOPLE. 2010 WAS A GOOD YEAR FOR ME...I'VE NEVER SEEN MY SAVIOR...SO CLEARLY. TODAY I LIVE IN OWN PLACE IN A SUBSIDIZED SENIOR CITIZEN COMPLEX IN GEORGIA. ISN'T GOD WONDERFUL?! THANKS FOR SHARING THIS WORK, LARRY...IT WAS VERY MUCH ENJOYED. THE BLESSINGS OF A HAPPY NEW YEARS TO YOU AND YOURS. LOVE & FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Connie Faust 11/29/2010
If we have the will to help, God will show the way.
This grabs the heart....well done, Larry.
You might also like my poem "The I Am Man" which emphasizes Jesus in the poor.
Is this Number 2 in your series?
Connie
Reviewed by Cherie Durbin 9/12/2010
A very powerful Christmas poem/message.
Reviewed by D Johnson 12/20/2007
poignantly written, and oh so true.

Peace to you and to those less priveledged.
Dan
Reviewed by Ruth Rey 12/20/2007
Instead of saying prayers for them, why not invite one or two of them to join your for Christmas dinner? Praying seems the easy way out to me ... and, before you start screaming: yes, we DO invite homeless families to our house for a Christmas celebration we hold for them (since we do not celebrate it ourselves). They are dirty? So, let them take a shower, or a nice warm bath, supply new toothbrushes and hairbrushes and combs and give them some new clothes.
No, we never had a problem with any of them and they always left our guest apartment behind as clean as they had found it and they all became friends.
This is one way of giving them the dignity of survival and the one thing no gouvernment in this damn world gives them. It is, we hope, also a way to make this world a little bit friendlier for some of the unlucky ones and there are so many of them!
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 12/19/2007
the homeless seem to be growing in population every year, beyond the inner cities, they now dwell in the suburbs and countrysides here on the west coast...please say prayers for them all...everyone should have the dignity of survival
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 12/19/2007
A reminder that we all should reach out and offer a lending hand or just a smile and a kind word...this could make that homeless person's Christmas a little brighter by allowing them to see that they are someone in the eyes of the one who speaks & smiles.
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 12/19/2007
It sure make me think of what we take for granted,,, a meal, warmth, a pillow to lay our head,,,, very sad reality
Christine
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 12/19/2007
Moving poetry Larry. Well done.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Walt
Reviewed by Linda Hill 12/19/2007
Larry,
This is POWERFUL!!! It got me right in the heart. I too feel for all the homeless people in the world. All the abused and the lonely and hurting. If only things could be different and their would be no more hunger, no more tears or abuse. One day it will be so...when Jesus comes again. You have taken a very sensitive subject and blown me away with it. You are an amazing poet.

Blessings always,
~Linda
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 12/19/2007
How very true Larry and how sad that there are so many homeless and walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Thank you for sharing Larry.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/19/2007
A very sad commentary, my friend, and there are far too many of these homeless souls in this vast nation of ours. May we all remember them with a little kindness and compassion this Holiday Season.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/18/2007
Nice correlation and being homeless is certainly not a fun place to be, especially when one has very young children and then they too are forced to carry a burden cast upon them....

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/18/2007
There, but for the Grace of God, go I...been down that road. Thank God every day for the blessings I do have. May not be much, but compared to where I was, I'm rich. Thank you, Larry, for the powerful, compassionate poetry today.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Staci Gansky-Wagner 12/18/2007
My goodness, so very sad. We should all be thankful and help those in need.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/18/2007
...and yet everyone is more concerned with helping CHILDREN of other lands than helping our own, especially our ADULTS. SAD!!
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/18/2007
Food for thought in this eye opener, exposing the less fortunate amongst us.



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