Homeless Man
I once gave my shirt to a homeless man
and he put it right back on me
I didn't do it for thanks, or expect an "I love you man"
but then I saw it live on TV

Then I visited him in his cardboard box
he had such a sense of pride and dignity
he had lived through so much as he talked and talked
though he lived underneath the bowels of the big city

We shared a meal with no Poupon, no caviar
we walked about the state of the world and so much more
I learned he was born here, that he had come from "afar"
and though he didn't finish school, I listened close and he was never a bore

He told me I could come back
"I'm here all week he laughed and said with a smile
That it was my home too, warm and safe from attack
and I had to admit that through it all I liked his style

So I left him alone with a new kind of feeling
and new respect for that kind of man
and all that I learned had my senses reeling
and gave me a new world to understand

I went back two weeks later, my life is so tied up
but he wasn't there and the box was now taken
I know things in this world can really be tough
but this was his home, his root and foundation

So I asked where he was and the man wouldn't answer
he looked right through me and beyond the door
and though he was filthy, he had the shoes of a dancer
and he heard me pointed me away but would say no more

So where is he now, my friend with no name
is he safe, did he find a more hospitable place
this man with such pride and no sense of shame
I'd like to know he's safe, got that smile on his face

OneVoice   OneVoice wrote
on 5/28/2013 10:46:43 AM
Bluez... your single acts of concern and kindness represent what's 'best' in men. I've enjoyed your piece and consider it 'honor' and privilege to know of one as yourself

Bluez   Bluez wrote
on 1/31/2011 9:37:55 PM
Thanks StarPoet; but I don't feel I did anything special, it just one of those things that just feels right.

RachaelX   RachaelX wrote
on 1/31/2011 4:09:53 AM
i love this, altho a little sad at the ending

Bluez   Bluez wrote
on 12/22/2009 7:17:27 AM
Thanks for taking the time to read it and for such a nice comment, thank YOU Diamond

DiamondNDaRuff   DiamondNDaRuff wrote
on 12/21/2009 2:25:50 PM
Very good piece. I enjoyed this read. Thank you.

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