Homeless

Homeless

Fatigued by a vagabond life
Bones weary from the weather
Clothes threadbare and worn
skin tough as hammered leather
 
A look unmistakable
with eyes forever distant
An existence not of choice
always socially resistant
 
Fame lost in history
and soon forgotten
family ties and love
now decayed and rotten
 
Tattered belongings
A bottle in a brown bag
A dirty old blanket
His only swag
 
The liquor warming
and a welcome treat
soon lost in a whisky haze
This sad life on the street
 
 
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  23 comments for “Homeless

  1. May 16, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Very vivid images. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks so much for reading it. 🙂

  2. May 16, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Very well written.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 16, 2019 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much Sadje 🙂💕

      • May 17, 2019 at 1:24 am

        You’re welcome 😉

  3. May 16, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    It is such a disheartening thing to see the homeless trying to survive on the street. It is a very helpless feeling to know how to make a difference in these situations.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 8:38 am

      It is indeed disheartening and we feel helpless because for many that live this kind of life, there is a mental illness factor that needs special care and attention 😢

  4. May 17, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Nice lines: “Fame lost in history
    and soon forgotten
    family ties and love
    now decayed and rotten”

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Thank you so much Frank 🙂

  5. May 17, 2019 at 8:45 am

    A very important piece and well written. Thank you for sharing this!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      My pleasure. Thank you so much for commenting 🙂💕

  6. sanaarizvi
    May 17, 2019 at 11:32 am

    It breaks my heart to witness the homeless on the streets.. if only the world had more love and compassion.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. May 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Life on the streets is a sad and difficult reality for too many. Relevant post Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Rob. Yes it sure is 😢

  8. May 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Well written to highlight an important issue 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much David 🙂

  9. May 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    And there but for good fortune go any of us.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 17, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Sadly, yes. Thanks for reading 🙂

  10. May 18, 2019 at 7:25 am

    I see them on our streets. Indeed a sad life.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 18, 2019 at 7:47 am

      Yes Grace, it is 😢

  11. May 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    We can all end up there…. sometimes all it takes is a small mistake… we are not very different.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Yes Bjorn, I agree. Not always a mistake either….sometimes the loss of a job, a marriage breakdown and so on. Sometimes it is mental illness and/or drugs, but not always. Very sad.

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