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Southernmost Point of the U.S., Key West, FL

Southernmost Point of the U.S., Key West, FL (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a poem from a homeless man I met a few days ago. He told me about his blog and allowed me to listen to a CD of the song he wrote.

Kevin is a nice man a little younger than me. He is very friendly and open. I read through Kevin’s blog and, with his permission, I copied this post to share with you.

I will post Kevin’s blog link at the end of the poem if you would like to visit his site. Please be aware there is some profanity and vulgarity. Poetic Drummer Point of view gives a real look at life on the streets and some of the ups and downs in the southernmost point of the United States.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Poem Of The Day Before They Kick Me Out Of The Library

Quick post, gotta go, before I leave, here’s a poem, I wrote today.Written By Kevin Dale Sanders April 29th, 2013

DRY MY EYES, FROM THE TEARS I CRY

LEFT ALONE

WITHOUT A HOME

THE TEARS

I DRY

BY MYSELF

GIVE ME

ANOTHER DAY OF HOPE

WASH AWAY THE PAIN

I WISH

TO DO WITHOUT

NOT MY FAULT

NOT IN THE CARDS

THAT I WANTED

TO BE DEALT

TRAPPED

WITHOUT A PLACE TO GO

TOUGH ROAD

I WISH

NOT TO BE

BUT IT’S A FACT

THAT REMAINS

REALITY

TRYING TO WRITE A SONG

THE ONLY THING

I HAVE LEFT

IN THIS WORLD

SHOOT ME AT THE STAKES

FOR TRYING TO RELIVE

MY MISTAKES

MY MOM

WENT AWAY

BY THE TIME

I WAS FIFTEEN

I WRITE THESE WORDS

TO STAY ALIVE

TO SURVIVE

WHERE THE DAD

I NEVER SEEN

WENT

YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND

I TRY TO EXPLAIN

BUT EVERYTHING

WENT THE WRONG WAY

THE OTHER WAY

I STILL HOLD ON TO A DREAM

NOT EASY

A LOT OF TEARS

I HAVE BEEN THROUGH

I DON’T RECOMMEND

THESE WORDS I LIVE

THE ONLY THING I HAVE LEFT

TO HOLD ON TO

AND GIVE

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

I WISH I

COULD TELL YOU

SOMETHING ELSE

MY ADVICE WOULD BE

HAVE FUN

WHILE YOU CAN

BEFORE YOU FALL

INTO THE GRAVE

REGRET SOMETHING

YOU NEVER DID

I TRIED IN LIFE

THE BEST

THAT I COULD DO

ALL I HAVE LEFT

IS BLOOD TO SPILL

YOU THOUGHT

YOU HAD THE TRUTH

MY REALITY

A LIE

NEVER TOLD

MY PROBLEM REMAINS

STILL UNSOLVED

DRY MY EYES

FROM THE TEARS

I TRY

NOT TO CRY

A PLACE

I RUN AND HIDE

HAVE TO GO THROUGH

THE PAIN

BEFORE YOU GET TO

THE GLORY

JUST ANOTHER

PRICE IN LIFE

YOU HAVE TO PAY

I DON’T RECOMMEND

GOING DOWN

THE SAME ROAD

I HAVE BEEN TO

I’M A CRAZY …(words deleted)-Donna

LIVING ON A DIFFERENT CORNER

WITHOUT THE COST

OF RENT

BUT THE DREAMS

ON THE STREET

ARE NOT THE SAME

AS YOU MIGHT THINK

JUDGE ME

BY THE COVER

OF MY BOOK

TAKE A SECOND LOOK

BEFORE YOU MAKE

A JUDGEMENTAL DECISION

I JUST MIGHT CHANGE

SHOW YOU

A THING OR TWO

I HAVE TO GO THROUGH LIFE

JUST LIKE YOU

JUST THROUGH

THE EYES

OF A DIFFERENT STORY

WITH END RESULTS

UNKNOWN

These words are all over the place, but then again, HEY, SO AM I..!!, what a coincidence, how convenient, matches the point in question, as if, you didn’t have an answer. Stare in the mirror, to see what I am after.

(Sanders, 2013)

Works Cited:

Sanders, K. D. (2013, April 29). Poem of the Day Before They Kick Me Out of the Library. Key West , FL, United States.

 

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Here is a real look at how it sounds when people hit the ground. This is a re blog from Glutin Putin. I will be including other real life accounts from the homeless community to help us understand their situation. – Donna

~*~ Gluten Putin ~*~

So sorry you guys, life is still going horrible but at lease we have a car! We were staying at an Extended Stay hotel for 2 weeks plus 2 days that social services gives you. We are past that but at lease we have a car. My husband was able to get a free room for 1 night-by pulling that out of his butt but it worked!- at a Hyatt and that was cool now we are in a Hilton working our way down to a hotel in Commerce. We have been using to settlement money for the safest, cheapest, kid friendly hotels and we need to stop. We actually needed at apartment weeks ago but at lease we have a car to live in. Yes our car to live in or spending all the rest of the settlement money on a motor home.

You may be asking yourself …

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This is a blog that displays one person’s opinion about the causes of homelessness. I Agree!-Donna

The Ups, the Downs, and My Cats.

Alright, I am a BIG dreamer. I am the naive person that gives money to the homeless people, with their cardboard signs. I’ve noticed that most people have absolutely no sympathy for these people. What about you? Do you find yourself avoiding eye contact, feeling bad, thinking if you had cash you’d help..? Or can you completely ignore them all together?

I get it. Most homeless people “deserve it” as some would say. Most homeless people only use the money to get their next fix. They messed up, if they really wanted to fix things, they could get a job. They could go to rehab. Blah blah blah. Wrong.

My father is a 56 year old veteran. He served toward the end of the Vietnam war. After his services, he began a very successful business, wholesaling to other companies. After years and years of building up his company, it was soon a million…

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I opened this e-mail last night and was glad to find a new book to add to my Bibliography for this blog journal. This email is from a formerly homeless man who has a blog post and book both titled Homeless Isn’t Hopeless.The books gives a real perspective of how it feels to become homeless. The email contains a link for a free download of the book. I am glad to find such an honest well written account.
Dear Friends,
The second edition of “Homeless Isn’t Hopeless” is now available as an e-book FREE OF CHARGE to anyone and everyone.
This free of charge offer is possible because neither I nor anyone else connected with this project will receive any remuneration, compensation, or reimbursement for expenses.
By making the e-book available at no cost, we hope to widen the reach of “Homeless Isn’t Hopeless” to include those who otherwise might not find room in their budget for the purchase of a book.
We are thinking of the homeless, and those who are living below, or hovering around the poverty line–people who might find encouragement in the book’s message.  There’s an old Kris Kristofferson song, “Why Me, Lord”, that has a line in the lyrics which describes my feelings about providing the book for free. “If I can show someone else, what I’ve been through mysel.”
We are thinking also of libraries, which have seen their budgets slashed, and advocacy groups and charitable organizations, which have seen revenue drop due to the struggling economy.
The “Homeless Isn’t Hopeless” e-book is free to all. Tell your family, friends, and those you work with or come in contact with.  They, like you, need feel no obligation.
But if your circumstances permit, and you wish to help those less fortunate, you can do so by donating to a charitable organization I am familiar with and wholeheartedly endorse for its good works and transparency.  That information, along with information about “Homeless Isn’t Hopeless”, and instructions for free downloading can be viewed by clicking on
http://williamlaney.net/

Best, as always.      Bill
http://williamlaney.blogspot.com/
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