Homeless

WENT TO A SHOW TODAY, WALKED PAST A DRUNK

I THINK HOW DISGUSTING WHAT A NASTY SKUNK

SITTING THERE ALONE WITHOUT ANY MONEY

PONCING OFF ME, IT'S NOT VERY FUNNY.

"GO GET A JOB" THAT'S WHAT I SAY

AS HE HOLDS OUT HIS HAND, TO MY DISMAY.

"I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR WORK TO PAY MY WAY",

"I'M 56 YEARS OLD AND FEELING SO ILL,

IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL I PAY MY BILL".

"JUST AN EXCUSE" I HEAR MYSELF SAY TO THE MAN ON THE STREET,

HOLES IN THE SOLES ON THE SHOES ON HIS FEET.

"GO GET A JOB YOU WORTHLESS LOUT

THEN YOU CAN GET A HOME AND WON'T LAY ABOUT".

"I USED TO LIVE IN A FIVE BEDROOM HOUSE,

HAD LOVELY CHILDREN OF 3 & 4 UNTIL

SHE TOOK THEM AWAY AND THREW ME OUT",

"NOW I LIVE ON THE STREET LIKE A WORTHLESS MOUSE"

"WELL IT'LL DO NO GOOD SITTING ABOUT,

YOU MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO BE WITHOUT?"

"MY ONLY SIN IS THIS, I SWEAR,

80 HOURS A WEEK OF THE HARDEST WORK,

IN A LITTLE TOWN, A PLACE CALLED WARE"

"YES, OF COURSE YOU DID, I SNARLED AT THE MAN

SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT?.. AS IF’ I FROWN"

"I WENT TO BANKRUPT AND LOST IT ALL

SHE TOOK MY HOUSE MY KIDS AND ALL,

NOW I HAVE CANCER WITH NOT MUCH TIME

NO SUIT FOR THE FUNERAL, NOT A DIME.

I DON'T WANT HELP COZ LIFE'S THAT WAY

JUST A BOTTLE OF WHISKY TO HELP THE PAIN"

I KIND OF FELT SORRY FOR THIS MAN'S GRIEF,

SO I GAVE HIM 2 POUNDS AND FELT INSTANT RELIEF.

UNUSUAL STORY I FELT MYSELF SAY

THEN I GATHERED MY THOUGHTS AND WALKED AWAY.

◄ "I'm not putting up with that"

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Hannah Collins

Wed 27th Dec 2017 12:29

Excellent. The stories, the reasons, the pain.

Thanks for your comment on my poem.

Hannah

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