Of sleeping rough i've had enough

and the pointless error of my ways.

I've seen the light the other night,

a man from the Church was doing research

on how we spend our days.


Now i've turned myself around

like others sometimes do.

Well, after all it's a waste of a life,

so now i'm looking for a wife

to love me for what I might become

instead of just a pathetic bum.


Uncle Charlie has offered me a room,

why didn't I think of that before?

I guess I quite enjoyed the freedom

living outside the law.


One thing's for sure: there will be those

who'll sleep much easier at night

knowing they won't see me again

to give them all a fright.








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Paul Sayer

Sun 13th Jan 2019 01:48

I did follow it all Ray no need my friend

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Sat 12th Jan 2019 19:51

Thanks for your story Po. I can't go into the semantics, just to say that Part 2 was a protest poem re some reactions to Part 1 which was the real deal. The poem obviously hit a spot cheers.


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Paul Sayer

Sat 12th Jan 2019 19:21

Pt 1 Great... Pt 2 Great!

Ray Great

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Paul Sayer

Sat 12th Jan 2019 19:18

People in glass houses are so fucking lucky!
AND so fucking sad.


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Paul Sayer

Sat 12th Jan 2019 19:11

I spent a few years being homeless. We had our home repossessed and having no choice we left our family home.

With two wages each month we could afford the mortgage with ease. My wife succumbed to what was fashionably called 'yuppy flu' back in the day.

ME is NOT 'just' in your head. when you are so exhausted you can't even get out of your bed. Then, if this you 'do' manage, the simple task of making it again completely depletes the tiny amount of energy restored during constant broken sleep.

So on the streets we go... No help from anywhere or anyone!

I purchased a tiny caravan 10 ft X 6 ft for a 100 quid.

No address, and no benefits as I kept working and no hope of a council house as they are full of single mums who get pregnant 'Just to get a place to live... They go to the top of a very very long list. A working man with a family to support has no chance of getting to top of that list ever!

I got to know so many homeless people that were very intelligent professionals. redundancy and lay off ever on the increase. added daily to needy who were homeless without hope.

The stereo typical druggy piss artist who never contributed anything to society, or the people from foreign climes who come here to leapfrog to top of this 'list' to grab a new home and massive benefits are like a pimple on an elephants arse.

Just try talking to a few homeless to learn the truth.

I saw a young guy sitting outside the Mall in Norwich, I went in and got myself a hot pasty... I'll get 'him' one I thought.
I went outside and stretched out my hand to him. Crying he told he had the toothache from hell and was so much pain he didn't know what to do with himself. Eating was just too painful!

As he was 'homeless' he could not even get an appointment at the dentists and the hospital could not help him he exclaimed.

With two adults and a big dog living in a 10 x 6 aluminum box I could not offer him a warm bed or a shower or even a simple hot meal. I thought to myself how lucky I was and how sad in equal measure.

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Sun 30th Dec 2018 21:13

Thanks for your response Big Sal. That does sum it up,

That sounds like part 3 Mark !

Yes like an antedote I suppose David.

Many thanks Ghazala, Jon and Anya for your likes.


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M.C. Newberry

Sat 29th Dec 2018 00:53

Good wishes and good luck are due
To anyone who tries to do
What isn't easy to complete...
Moving off a windblown street. ?

Big Sal

Fri 28th Dec 2018 23:20

I sense a sweet mercy tethered to the cusp of humility. Conscious of others even when suffering oneself.

I particularly like how you entitled this one, "part 2", as I do enjoy follow-up pieces - especially if they carry the torch like this.?

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