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Christmas Of The Homeless
by Mary E. Coe

Tuesday, December 08, 2009
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A day in the life of a homeless man at Christmas time.


Pushing his grocery cart with all his worldly goods

Sipping from a hot cup of coffee to fight the winter cold

His long, dirty hair, dirty body, dirty clothes smelled a bit

No place to take a bath when living in the streets

He stopped to watch a mother and child decorate

the front lawn  

Memories of long ago brought tears to his eyes

Seems like yesterday; he and his mother, in the front yard

decorating the house for Christmas

It was so long ago; he wished he was home; he wished for

the good times with love, joy and laughter

Some see him as a bum; too lazy for work; some see him as

a low class, just a dirty old scum

He was once a proud man; once had loved ones, a home, a

job and a car

Time gone bad, jobs lost, no money for mortgage or paying

the bills

Family lost, stress and confusions set in; where did it all go


People passed by and remarked, lazy old man, should get

himself a job

People passed by and frowned at him

A couple passing by handed him two dollars; he quietly

thanked them

Another hot cup of coffee to help fight the cold winter night

Walking on down the street he passed a house with

Christmas music playing “Silent Night” he stopped to listen

for awhile

Oh, how he wished he was home; he longed for the times

when love and family was all around

So long ago; his family no more; just a lonely old man in a

lonely town

A young woman passing by handed him a ten dollar bill; he

whispered thank you

To the woman it was just extra change; to the old man it

was gold in his hand

A little more to eat; more hot coffee for the cold, winter


People stopped to give him money; they seldom stopped to


So cold; so lonely; he said to himself as he pushed his cart

to his sleeping place

Back of a building; close to the wall, to help block the wind

and the bitter cold

He placed a dirty blanket over cardboards to lay on; another

dirty blanket from his cart to cover himself; so cold, so

lonely the old man was

He thought of Christmastime past; the good times he had

when love, family and friends, did surround him

His mind wandered from the loneliness and the bitter cold;

somehow, he managed to fall asleep


Remember the homeless at Christmas time, if only in your


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Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 12/12/2009
Excellent write. The homeless situation is horrible right now. It's not just old men but families with children. The resources here are stretch beyond thin. Your write is so timely. So many remembering better Christmas's in the past. Few want to remember this one. Liz
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 12/12/2009
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!! WORDS FROM BEAUTIFUL HEART!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 12/10/2009
I am so glad to read this poem and so glad someone wrote it so eloquently- this is the meaning of Christmas.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/8/2009
we all must remember one other that was homeless
at the time of his birth, he whom will be celebrating
his birthday soon, Our Lord Jesus Christ
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/8/2009
It is such a small leap from having it all to being homeless and only those who have lost it all or come close to losing it all can fully understand the way it truly is. More and more people are facing foreclosures and bankruptcies...I know I am one.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 12/8/2009
...Also remember the disabled, the elderly, and the Veterans, NOT just the kids HERE or in third world countries!! They could use a helping hand, too, not just at Christmas, but EVERY DAY!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

Powerful call for change; well done, Mary!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/8/2009
A most apt and timely message/reminder, Mary. Love and blessings to you,


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