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A Day In The Life of A Homeless Man
by Mary E. Coe
Sunday, July 15, 2012
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Remember the homeless at Christmas time and year round.


 

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 on the streets

He stopped to watch a mother and a 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 scum

He was once a proud man, once had loved ones, a house, 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 wrong?

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 nights
People stopped to give him money; they seldom stopped to talk

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 Christmas time 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 and year round, if only in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

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Reviewed by Linda Hill 7/26/2012
Mary,
This truly touched my heart, Mary. I also write for the homeless. Oh, but for the grace of God go I. It could be me or you making that cold bed of dirty blankets. I try to always count my blessings and take nothing for granted. This is a touching poem that brings to light a sad situation. May we all say a prayer for the homeless.

Many blessings,
+Linda
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/16/2012
You truly captured the heart of this write. There is such a fine line between those of us with homes, families and friends to those who are homeless. There but for the grace of God applies to each and every one of us when it comes to this topic. Well done Mary.
fee
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/16/2012
Last week, I passed a building at a nearby intersection and noticed that a number of homeless men had placed their belongings next to the building that was now vacant. Houston is rather prosperous, compared to the rest of the country, but in all my 30 years of driving past that spot going to work, that corner had a rental business, and rarely, if ever any homeless there.

Thanks for reminding me that we have to share with those less fortunate.

Ron
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/15/2012
It is a very sad comment on our "modern" society that the number of homeless is constantly increasing. A compassionate sharing, Mary. Love and blessings to you,

Regis
Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/15/2012
WHEN I WAS HOMELESS IN THE LATTER PART OF 2009 AND EARLY 2010, I WAS BLESSED TO FIND A GOOD SHELTER. IT IS A SHAME THAT MANY CANNOT FIND A PLACE TO GO BUT WHAT IS EVEN MORE SAD IS THAT SOME DO NOT WANT TO GO IN THE SHELTERS THEY PREFER TO STAY OUTDOORS. IN ANY CASE, I REMEMBER DURING THAT TIME IN MY LIFE I SAW GOD CLEARER THAN I HAD EVER SEEN HIM. HE BECAME 'ALL' THINGS TO ME AND I BEGAN TO DEVELOP EVEN A DEEPER RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND BECAME MORE AWARE OF HIM IN MY LIFE THAN EVER BEFORE. WHAT I'M SAYING IS HOMELESSNESS IS SAD BUT THE SPIRIT AND LOVE OF ALMIGHTY GOD STILL REIGNS. THANKS FOR SHARING, LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS



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