Kim Barney

Gold Star - 177,580 Points (Oct 6 / I was born in a bank - - my mother went there and made a deposit)

Homeless Creatures - Poem by Kim Barney

When you see a homeless man,
do you judge him? Oh, you can,
and I would bet
it's something that you do.

Is it his fault he's homeless?
It could be, and yet
There may be factors
hidden from your view.

'Home makes the man, ' so I've been told,
but please, if I may be so bold,
I'd like to propose
that it affects other creatures, too.

A horse without a barn isn't worth a darn,
and races that he'll win are very few.

A bird without a nest will find it hard to rest;
a hare without a hole is someone's rabbit stew.

And last of all, just think about this bug:
a snail without a shell is just a slug.

Topic(s) of this poem: homeless, homelessness, horses, judgment, life, nature, compassion, animals, bird, home

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Kaysville, Utah
01 June 2017

If that little blue car is gone in the morning, then this giant slug ate it!

Comments about Homeless Creatures by Kim Barney

  • Mj Lemon (6/20/2017 12:29:00 PM)

    A very serious subject delivered with humour and compassion. A great work, Kim. (Report)Reply

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  • Grace JessenGrace Jessen (6/15/2017 10:35:00 PM)

    I like this clever poem and you make a good point! The reason I don't read more on PoemHunter than I do is because - at least on my computer - it takes so darn long to bring up a page! I get discouraged and tired of waiting. (Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/15/2017 11:12:00 PM)

    Sounds like you need a new computer!
    Thanks for the comment.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (6/4/2017 3:09:00 PM)

    It's too bad that too many people waste so much time and energy in being judgmental about people they do not know one thing about instead of getting out there in the world and doing a simple act of kindness- - handing out a blanket in the middle of winter.... I wish this poem could reach people who need to be reached and shake them out of their unloving mind-set- - My favorite couplet:
    A bird without a nest will find it hard to rest;
    a hare without a hole is someone's rabbit stew.

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/6/2017 2:35:00 AM)

    Thanks, Susan. I appreciate your comment. What a great idea, handing our blankets in the winter!

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  • Spock The VeganSpock The Vegan (6/2/2017 8:24:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem with a moral.10 points to you. (Report)Reply

    Kim BarneyKim Barney(6/3/2017 12:05:00 AM)

    Thanks, Spock. You and Wes are two of my most faithful readers. I appreciate it when you leave comments, especially kind comments like this one.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Poem Edited: Sunday, January 20, 2019

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