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A Homeless Man

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Those cold hands sheltered in his lap...
A simple life chosen to live, perhaps?
Could no bed be offered though?
Not even a chair?
In that desolate, gray street of the city
frozen like ice, but still calmly sitting
a cigarette is lit
and- smoking, fretting, spitting -
he makes his retreat from human affairs

And so, another lonely story
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i've edited my poem here to include the song version of the entire poem. when i first wrote it years ago, it was just the begining part - but then a year or so ago i found the poem and revised it to be a complete song - just me and my acoustic-
Paula Truman 05 April 2019

You have captured something here so profound so beautiful I I have never read a more beautiful poem

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V.e. Perkins 10 April 2014

Dear Ray: You do appear to be a sweet, sensitive soul and I think you should continue to write, as I 'm sure you get enjoyment from it. You are, however, not a poet. If you want to try to understand why you're not, read John Ciardi's wonderful book, HOW DOES A POEM MEAN. All the best. V.E. Perkins, Ph.D.

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Patricia Grantham 09 April 2013

A Dynamic write Ray, The plight of the homeless is a situation we may all find ourselves faced with one day. You really portrayed the homeless in a very distinct way. God bless you for this eye opening piece of poetry. I too wrote a piece on the homeless. Feel free to take a peek and comment if you would like to. Most appreciative.

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Owain Glyn 08 December 2012

Yes, it's a song for the ages, we might just feel a little compassion at Xmas, but come January it's every man for himself!

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Ruby Honeytip 18 November 2012

I reckon that's the type of song that would bring a tear to a girls eye x

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Samuel Augustus 08 November 2012

I really like this poem - it's very touching, speaks right to the soul of the reader - and in a way that is clever, and with completely logical arguments - a deep and relevant poem - very punk rock.

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Walterrean Salley 16 October 2012

An amazing piece of work. It's interesting, seeing life through another's eyes - and, here, you have done an impressive job of showing us just the way it is. Thanks.

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Eric Cockrell 10 October 2012

one of humanity's greatest sins againt itself!

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Alex Sarich 08 October 2012

great write, its real life and that is real poetry. Good read.

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Asif Andalib 04 October 2012

Beautiful poem dear Ray

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