Lynn F Clemons


A Homeless Man - Poem by Lynn F Clemons

An exhausted tattered gentleman
Walked slowly down the street
Casting his eyes downward
Just gazing at his feet

His troublesome life’s journey
Had taken an unfortunate turn
Pain showed through his hollow eyes
That he never deserved or earned

People pass him by on the street
And look on in disgust
At this very quiet gentleman
That they really do distrust

If only they would impart
Just the time of day
A smile that costs them nothing
What a meager price to pay

To lesson this man’s burden
To tell him there is hope
If he knew someone really cared
He might just somehow cope

This man has wandered aimlessly
Since mental illness struck
A diagnosis sadly, was never made
Before the man ran out of luck

No one ever asked him why
His thoughts came out confused
No one ever took his hand
Or helped him find a clue

This exhausted tattered gentleman
Walked slowly down the street
Casting his eyes in a downward way
Ignoring those he meets

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Form: Rhyme Royal or Rime Royale


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was moved to write this poem after witnessing homeless people living on the streets.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 10, 2015



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