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Free From Despair
by Karen E McKeever
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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When I wrote this poem, the word "homeless" was taboo. Now, thirteen years later it has become an epidemic. Several days in a row, I passed a man sitting at the side of the road and after the third time I saw him, I went home to my "cozy house" and wrote this poem. It's deep and somber.

 There is an old man who sits by the road

The lines on his face reveal hardships untold

I know not why he sits in this way

Or why he appears at this place everyday

All that he owns are the shoes on his feet

By victim of circumstance this man is discreet

For his past has now been spent

And is left without money to pay the rent

He cannot change the events that have occured

Or the fact that his foresight is temporarily blurred

But up from the darkness his spirit will prevail

Then the light in his eyes won't seem so pale

His purpose in life he again will find

If he can only keep from looking behind

I pray,  that soon the day will come

And the old man will no longer be there

I shall take comfort in the thought.......he is free from despair.





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Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/28/2012
The burden of knowing where your next meal is coming from
can strain ones' age and way of life....
you've composed this well
Peace be with you

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/26/2012
Yours is a sad but very real and ever more common theme in our society. Sobering thoughts, Karen. Thank you. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Kenny Baez 5/1/2012
Sad and true, homelessness is on the increase and it can happen to anyone from any income-level, but usually those at the bottom of he social climber. Hope some miracle changes the old man's life.
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 5/1/2012
An epidemic is correct and we will never know the hows or whys of these so left out in the cold. I have known those who for no fault of their own ended up there and once there found it neigh onto impossible to escape. great sentiment on a deep issue.

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