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Metal rings placed chains laced around my hands, legs, feet and waist. How many times will I let this happen? How many times can I let my family be disgraced?
You take my breath away, my dear No one else has managed such a feat I am not easily impressed, yet my jaw is in your ocean
You know when you wake up in the middle of the night and you choose to not wear your glasses?
He shivers in the warm summer light arms wrapped round rocking body legs crossed against hard red brick pavement black padded hoodie cowls
thank you for glancing at me then looking away like you didn’t see me thank you for kicking me
I look up at the night sky,through a windshield.The deep, indigo sky, andI look to the stars, each a person somewhere in the world.Are they lookingup at these same stars,this same sky, through
To The old man in the wheel chair at the art gallery last month, You said I was in your way, and then you called me ignorant, And I wanted to say I'm sorry, But I knew my words did not make up for it.
Homeless Looks so different in the eyes of strangers No one ever tells you homeless looks like attention from the eyes and bodies of strangers Body after body, night after night.
Dear Beautiful: From then until now Your scars still show Your tears are dried and when people speak it hurts. Dear Beautiful: You think you are so unnatractive
What's a hermit crab? A creature lacking a shell. It needs a shelter.
Future generations, Hear me loud and clear when I say this: Please don't be selfish, Don't dismiss The pain of others, nor their anguish. Don't dismiss The needs of the homeless
"You don't care. You're so unfair!" I slam the door, hit the stairs, hit the biting winter air, I've done so much for her. What about me? I storm down the street it's starting to sleet.
A wax sky drips over a sidewalk corner Illuminated by a burning-wick sun As I smile at the old men living there, Baked and leathery and meaning everything to nothing
Eugene can be an amazing place, but we have a high transient population and the criminalization of poverty continues. With laws like the one forbidding dogs downtown, "no backpack" store policies
They call me "Homeless" but don't care to ask my name.I prefer "Street Dweller" 'cause the streets are my home.
When I say "homeless," what do you see? Someone dressed in dirty clothes, out on the street? Someone with a cup, asking for change so they can eat? Someone who struggles to get back on their feet?
A night in the city T'was when the story began, After a young girl sought To buy her mother a fan. The night was shining, Though with limited light, And could still clearly see
We the people We the people divided We the people alienated We the varied We the broken. We who break each other down and hide behind the pieces. We who have bled,
Where I'm From I had no house, car or mom, Where I'm From I had to ration my food, Where I'm From holding a sign that displayed "God Bless All" and "I am hungry, will do anything for help" was my every day job,
How can we say we live in the land of the free while the homes of the brave are being taken away How can we ignore the illness and poverty suffered so immensely
America is pretty great that I will admit. Freedom, justice, liberty We're all entitled to it. But America is changeable. We need some help, in fact. There are many problems we face here.
you can runbut you cant hidethe Rules of societyi refuse to abidewhat would you expectwith parents like Bonnie an Clyde
O say can you see Just how far we’ve come. The injustice in our country Is a battle far from won. People line the streets
What’s the first thing you think of When you hear America? Is it freedom? Or do you think of corruption? They say it’s the home of the free
What would you do if this happened to you? Wake up in a room with no one else left to hold With no one but yourself and these thoughts all alone
The once smooth sandstone walls,Now withered with bullet holes, Concrete structures in ruins,A grey ash covering the ground like snow. The streets that once thronged with life,Now silent, stripped like a flesh from a skeleton.Left of the marketpla
Snot in my nose, im feeling young but still carry the love for the downtown flow and the downtown cold, the city has a charm early morning hustle well alarmed and prepared to cause trouble, it was nothing
Once I found a coffee shop overlooked by a thousand Others. Through the glass, a thousand Others I ignored back. The sky carried dark clouds on its back.
Should I be more conscious of the rough brick pressing up against my back? Is my insignificance rooted solely in the pavement of downtown Corvallis? Warm hello's can't pierce such
This morning, i had to put my Nan's jumper on instead, seriously gonna ruin my street cred. She's probably got better fashion sense than you though, except, this sweater had wolves on,
You see them everywhere, yet they are no where Your mother tells you "dont go over there" As a child you were taught "that happens when you dont pay attention in class."
Not a good thing When one lives in poverty Situations are often dreary While in a state of uncertainty There are dark clouds That appear in the sky Nothing but somber moments
The winter rain at a driving pelt Did batter the city park And on a bench sat a city beggar Far past the hour of dark He sat and with a mighty shiver Groaned deep from the outer cold
cold hard concrete and nothing but the clothes on your back for a mother your wits keep you alive because you've outgrown couchsurfing; the shelters are full
Dear little black girl, You are not so much little but your heart is the same, broken.
The lines on her face They be storytellers Each with their own voice A wrinkle, a page Providing a resting place for the dust of the day Hidden among the sun-taxed maculas And if you ask her
I am a girl, I think Sucking on the fingers of the sun and Crossing my eyes to protect my soul from demons I am the child of lux conception, I think The flash of HD illumination lighting my way into
The streets are no place for anyone For there is nothing but trouble People have become a shell Life for them is pure hell Days come and go There sadly, is nothing but darkness Everything is a mystery
Pieces of glass sleep upon my bed 'you made your bed, you lie in it' I walk down a hall to our shelter. With a dog's nose I smell the air. Sickly sweet, it slows me. With a cat's eyes I look there. Painfully real, it shows me. With a slow child's
I never thought I'd slip this hard.
Pieces of glass sleep upon my bed'you made your bed, you lie in it'I walk down a hall to our shelter.With a dog's nose I smell the air.Sickly sweet, it slows me.With a cat's eyes I look there.Painfully real, it shows me.With a slow child's feet I
She is life. Her eyes glazed tired, a tired that seeps through her bones, hunched her shoulders,redden her eyes . everyday, every night, she thinks of survival. where will I find a place to sleep?
A girl sits on a bench, A boy lies on the street, A baby cries in a dumpster, These children are everywhere. They walk the streets of London And crawl along the Hudson. The boy, thrown out at six,
The wind blows cold outside, The sun is flickering out. The grass grows dry and crumbles down Around the big blue tent.
Two copper pennies Clink in a jar. It's not enough for food. Not enough to go far. Your empty stomach Curves like those coins.
Mirror, spotted with age and time. Rust begins to spread, but you see yourself just fine.
through car windows
*Inhale* Hold. *Exhale* *Inhale* This is awesome. Breathing, Eating, Seeing,
Who are you? I am a human.
I just want to spend more of my life loving.more of it giving.I want to live my life withan outstretched hand,want my treasured memories to be full ofsmiles from people I have fed.
Can you tie a cat knot?
I am homeless though I have a home. I have never spent a night at my permanent address. It is my mom’s house, but not my home. I am homeless though I have a home. I have a room on campus;
I see a man upon the street, Dressed in rags, just nothing neat, And so I pull him to his feet And give my greatest-ever greet. He smiles, hollow in his eyes, I would be the one who cries,
When you no longer have shelter, you no longer feel safe. As the cold bites you, all you can say is what did I do? All you can feel is the hunger, seemingly endless. And all those people just stare at you
YOUR PROBABLY THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO WEAR? MAYBE WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT?
I remember a time when I was scared of them I never went to close to them I prejudged them, because I didn't know who they were I would just look at them from afar
A Cent More "Spare some change" so common a phrase among those sitting on the sidewalk Who are they? They are the poor
Cold hands Empty eyes Wandering up and down the streets tonight "Excuse me, Miss, where are you going?" "I'm going home" Wherever that is
They are the people who walk the streets at night looking for shelter. They are the people who go up to you and ask for money, just to buy food. But do we really notice them?
Never have I thought it was easy, but I have fought my evil demons Throughout leaving home at a 18, biggest regret, but enjoying the challenges Obstacles have battled me on my dark days, I came out shining
Hear me out, he said And as the tears drip down my face My energy begin depleting This happens to over one in 45 people
Fear NOT for his half beaten sorrows nor the lint in his pockets. Fear NOT for his lackadaisical manner nor his lacking of sole. Oh, fear Not for the fool who falls on hard time or walks along cracks and smiles in the rain.
Born and bred, true blue, and loyal. To have a hometown I would feel like a royal. A place that I know, love, and trust. I'd try to return; get there "or bust". Family nearby would be a nice bonus;
I am tired Tired of waking up at 6 AM to go to a white-washed prison where I am taught Not to learn But to pass a test Tired of hearing my dad loudly groan, "Oh really?!" when he sees a homosexual
I'm homeless I'm lonely I'm an alcoholic Considered a stain upon the society Nothing to offer, Except my wastes and the breath exhaled from my lungs I may not have much of anything by my name.
The homeless are viewed as uneducated, people who lack any motivation. The term used to describe the homeless inlclude lazy,
Wait- Find out The gypsy woman at the street's final destination As she cries out for a thoroughly used but useless penny And I ask myself why it is so hard For but one person to sneak a glance
A few streets down away from this perfected outer shell of blissful indulgence that we have created lies a city of distorted faces, starvation, violence.
Cold nights, Semi-warm days Sitting here for what seems like light years Watching dozens and dozens just pass by Like I’m invisible or just don’t exist But why? Why do they proceed on?
He has dirty clothing and smells Yet he sits on the corner and waves There's no sign or cup Though looks emaciated and untidy But he doesn't beg for help I tried to give him a twenty
A never ending line of bills Needing to be paid at the end of the month Debt is in the trash bin. Poverty is as stifling as the Miami heat on a Summer's day. How can I make it? How can I go on?
On my commute to school, A man stands there between traffic. i am so curious, what should I do? Why does this image have to be so graphic? Many people don't even see him,
how rough is your life? was it rougher than mine did you have a mother that loved you? cause mine abounded me do you have food to eat? are you a bum on the street clothes on your back
I think of the moments of comfort I think of Christmas, the goodness and l
The kids on the street Have something to eat With a warm fluffy bed To cradle their head. A nice little home With no reason to moan And a doll in her hand That she calls Little Joan.
I longed to see her smile, it made her and I whole once more Her attentive hands caressed the bed sheet violently as if she had been burned by a stove top
If I could change the world, I'd know exactly where to start I would start with the people who could'nt find their hearts The people who turn their heads away when someone needs help
The land of dreams but I'm home to schemers lost dreamers through cold realities of life hoping just to see the day no thought on what the future lies only hoping to everything done by sunset
I would have $5 for ever hungry child I see on the street Give the homeloess man that lives in the tunnel a cup of coffee each day Cover the backs of those without a shirt If I could change the world
The human race is full of malcontent, bigotry, ignorance, and destruction, But the majority of you, so happy giddy people on social media, only fill your news feeds with funny memes and meaningless statuses.
We were not the ground shakers People will never think that We made a difference Poverty hunger and homelessness It fell into our laps And we dismissed it All that pressure and negativity
An outcast laying low, hiding in the shadows of the Earth’s chattering inhabitan
If I could change one thing, it would be to have something more. To come home to a house with an open door. To have a place to call our own. To not sound to gready to want to have a home.
“Hey Ella! Nice to meet you! Where are you from, what do you do?” Where is easy. What is hard. What do I do? I hold her hand when she says “Ella my stomach hurts” She’s 14, and she’s four months
Change is something that should be seen more around the world. I grow up seeing poor people but was completely clueless why they did not have a home.
Where can I call home Once lost, is gone A spider web A gentle spider spinning Spinning, spinning -- its delicate web To the top of the building Its Destination
A dollar, a dime a minute Time is money honey, where'd you sleep last night? A stranger's bed is warmer Than the cold, hard street, she says, Every foot that walks on by Might as well be a kick in the face
Brisk coldness Forgotten and Ignored Muddled in a mess But never alone
There are people with no homes, These people need it more. If I had money I would give it to them, Why would I spend it all on me when people out there need it more? These people didn't choose to be like this,
Everywhere I go, i see a homeless person or two Living on the streets like animals in the zoo How can the government let people live like this They are people too and deserve better
Living on the streets Wondering when and what are you going to eat
I walk by a man on the side of the road hungry, alone, broken and cold. Yet, somehow in my twisted self righteousness I continue to walk,
It is dark and dreary. The sun never comes out. I feel so wet and sticky. Why won't this mud come out? I know not what it is like, to even know how to ride a bike. I'm stuck in this house,
You think the world changing
Feeding off dump sitesGovernment preaching about human rightsThe minds hunger now difficult to fightThe authority’s pledge I’ve learnt to reciteInsanity, poverty for eternity
"I Am - The Homeless"
A man hurling down the street after shreddng the leg of his silk pants in the doorway of 24 hour Green green grocery store, looks up from his small tragedy and nearly steps on the begging
If time were stoppable And hypocrisy improbable I would make you understand Let you experience firsthand How to wallow in self-suffering and What it’s like to have nothing
Man, the American dream sure did have us
Can’t you see my eyes are pouring?
Masked in a fantasy as my life was outside of humanity; I was ripped away from life without a family.
The little girl on the street knew how to keep a beat. The little girl on the street kept people on the edge of their seat. The older girl on the street couldn't make ends meet.
What is it like to wander? To live in the cold of night, To wake and not know what today will bring you, To know as people pass you by they are headed home And you?
The clang of a single coin in an empty tin Alerts the man to sadly look down. He fishes out the nickel Holding it up to the light Dreaming of what it must feel like
Like the shimmering dust of gunpowderI was wounded by his eyes like gunpowderLifeless, but with the potential to combustLike that paints the parking lotBeneath our feet
His feet were hard and calloused Probably because he had no shoes Torn and stained courdaroy pants Worn for the past 2 weeks Cracked mug found in the dumpster Filled with loose change
I like how you tell me,in so many removed terms, that I'm falling apart -- as if I don't know it's wrongto savor the scent of my sweat, or I'm not awarethat my house is the line
You see a homeless man Standing on the corner of the road. You see vehicles Passing by him. You see women and children Scurrying to the opposite side of him. You see the world
A dull blue hat upon his headBlack ripped gloves are on his handsLost and somewhat confusedThere's this homeless man
Out of place, he sits there. As though ignorant Of judgment and pity. Dirt in the creases of his coat, the pleats of his scarf, the wrinkles of his face Disappearing into his aged beard.
I saw a man sitting on a ledge. His head was low and over the edge. He held a sign with seven bold words. Not the kind often said. All was read and left a constant ringing in my head.
Some people aren't as lucky as we are.To be able to drive around in fancy cars,and to be able to have a place called home...only few have things they can call their own.
He once was a man just like you and I He had a family and a job to get him by. But then the war came and it all transformed He went out and fought through the storm. Everyday he put his life on the line.
Be strong little warrior my mother said to me. Things will turn up, they will get better, Trust me, you will see. We may be alone and afriad, living on the dark and cold street.
Living in a world where you are alone never to know if you are going home. Life without a table to sit never to know what to do without it hunger is real you have to eat out a trashcan or two.
Learning things on my own because I have no home barely making it through the day have to leave because I do not like to stay look at my reflection in the murky water
They weren't born this way. They had a life just like you You can end up right were they are Homeless, looking for a job, and a car
i scrubbed violently at the grime on my skin filth dirt stain soot struggled to cleanse the grease out of my hair dirty oily unwashed
If i could erase from this world everything that reminded me of you, God would have to take everything back and start from scratch. For the mark you left on my life is so immense, so intricate...
I wasn't born to write, It isn't my passion, It isn't my calling. I write because I need to live. I write because of my fear. I heave through my lungs, Fighting a word on the page.
There comes a time when we all hold a responsibility For what the world is and what it could be But we often get trapped in our own reality Concerned only with the well-being of our families
The Lost wander, searching for an answer. They grow weary and wonder, where is kindness? What is kindness? Kindness is Home.
Your life is a struggle, heavy burden can't juggle Your hunger is like a animal don't stress no more cause god is here Have faith that he will see you through protect and love you years and threw
Give me your time and I’ll share with you this story of mine, it’s the only thing I have left you see, my life was cleansed by the sea. My home washed away it was the only place I had left to stay.
I was born with ash-filled lungs, and Mama kept some cigs in her panties. She made me a plain dress once— said it matched my face. I never could understand, why every whisper in town waft her name.
A reeking, filthy form rest rotting in the street Crumpled bones lay askew, smashed against hard pavement Body twisted and unrecognizable, draped over the curb Shaky breaths no longer escaped from a mouth full of blood
There’s a homeless man named Keith. He lives on the bench That belongs to the store at night. He walks in everyday right before we close and buys Sprite and red yarn.
Who am I? I am the byproduct of "niggas" and "crackas": caramel skin, nappy black hair and dark chocolate eyes. I am more than meets the eye. I am a dusty book that has yet to be opened, I have a story to tell.
A night in the park A house, a house Intimidation Trepidation My child, my child Innocent victim Silent victim Dry tears Hopelessness looms Eyes closed Eyes open Bliss
Im young, I Am Dumb, I Grow, Then im Grown In this short period of time i have learn much At times like this i wonder is it enough??? At Last its my life and I Set The TOne........
RETURN TO THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD. IT’S NOT A DOOR PRIZE OR A GOODY BAG. WE CAN TAKE IT AS A SIGN. ROADSIDE BOMBS KEEP EXPLODING POWERFUL PEOPLE INTERVENE. THE PRIZE IS WON, BUT THE PEACE, AS, ALWAYS, ELUSIVE.
Scarlet Letter , a message to the masses There's a killer in our sheets, so rap it up before you catch it Or check it up before you pass it , no exceptions To the slash list, so please avoid, the dash, on that
Homelessness, anarchy, terrorism This is reality. Wars, drugs, abortions This is reality. Global warming, corruption, debt This is reality. AIDS, alcohol, smoking This is reality.
Only one answer. Why so much killing, from north to south, from east to west? Why so much pain that no one should endure? Why so much sadness, we cry ourselves to sleep?
Their here, their there, their everywhere You may not see them, but their everywhere They need your help, though many turn their heads If I could I would help every single person
Everyday we’re coming up with lame excuses. Throwing things here and there about why our life is useless. We as teens don’t understand. Whether what is good or what is bad. About life.
Another night, The chill aches in their bones, Trash-can fires light up the cold night, Some dig through the garbage, For something to eat, Others try to find warmth, In a box,
Need somewhere to go Don't have anyone around Praying someone's searching Hoping you'll be found
*So i was walking to the bus stop and passed by a homeless man. Nothing new so I walked straight past him didn't even see him at first. They tend to blend in with the concrete here and its a shame.
They think we are subservient, They think we do not know. They think we are susceptible To their cruel, ungodly show.
Please mister president, Listen to my plea. There are fellows like you and me Living on the street, They are treated like meat. When they have hearts and souls Like you and me, But it seems to be,
Comfort. Family. Friends. Joy. Sound familiar? A bed. Warm socks. Food. Money. Sound familiar? ...Wait. Stop. What makes a home a home? ...What makes a home a home? For those less fortunate.
They say they can help themselves, Can they?
My cologne has a striking resemblance to the city’s dirty laundry. Only difference I cannot contain my secrets to a hamper or wash them away with bribery. That stench unfortunately is must.