Near Sleeping Poem by Alexander Julian

Near Sleeping

Rating: 5.0

He is not a homeless man for being lazy.
He is homeless because he has no home.

He is not unemployed for being lazy.
He is unemployed because he has no employment.

He is not poor for being lazy.
He is poor because he is not rich.

He is not weak for being lazy.
He is weak because he is not strong.

He is not ugly for being lazy.
He is ugly because he is not beautiful.

He is not starving for being lazy.
He is starving because he has no food.

He is not sick for being lazy.
He is sick because he has no medicine.

He is not dirty for being lazy.
He is dirty because he has no soap.

He is not pedestrian for being lazy.
He is pedestrian because he has no vehicle.

He is not exhausted for being lazy.
He is exhausted because he has no rest.

He is not begging for being lazy.
He is begging because he is not well.

(This poem is about a man sleeping in a bush in Sacramento.
It's real.)

Friday, November 5, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: poverty,money,job,career,house,housekeeping,hunger,food,water,cleaning,homelessness,homeless
Brook Renwick 28 November 2021

And the greed of big business keeps him there!

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Unnikrishnan E S 30 November 2021

A piercing attack on our prejudices. When one looks at others with prejudice, one refuses to see the facts and the most obvious. Nice poem, full score

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David Wood 29 November 2021

People make assumptions, often wrong, about homelessness. Many people are themselves only 3 pay days away from being homeless.

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LeeAnn Azzopardi 29 November 2021

a testment of the problems of being homeless Bravo!

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Robert Murray Smith 29 November 2021

Insightful, and powerful.

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Chinedu Dike 28 November 2021

A thought provoking piece of poetry written with conviction. Thanks for sharing and do remain enriched....

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