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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

This is a homeless story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wandering around in circles hoping to be found, I look up only to see the same cruel world above. People passing by, staring, as usual, looking surprised at what they see. Maybe thinking, “This poor man, where did he go wrong, is he on drugs, is he crazy?” It used to bother me when I first landed on the streets, I was ashamed of who I’ve become. Now I don’t think about it. I guess I don’t care. It took me to be homeless to finally not care what people think of me.

I get up off the cold wet sidewalk and usually start my day searching for a dumpster in the back of a restaurant so I can fill my stomach. The smell is terrible, but I have to eat. Then I walk. Sometimes all day without stopping. I have nowhere to go, just walk. Nobody to see, just faces. I feel everybody looking but nobody talks to me. So I walk. As the day goes on I find some half bitten sandwich or take puffs of a lit cigarette that somebody tossed away.

My feet become swollen with blisters. I have no shoes, just socks. So I rest. When the pain in my feet lessens, I walk some more. I’m tired. I have to find my next sleeping spot. I used to hide and sleep tucked away down some old cobblestone alleyway. That was when I cared. Now it's right on any sidewalk in front of lots of people hoping that I might get some spare change. So I sleep.

Usually a light sleep. I hear all the sounds of the night, a barking dog, people talking, cats meowing, and the occasional drunk peeing against a wall only a few feet from me. Some people laugh at me, throw things at me or just shout “Get a job bum!” Often I have to get up and move away, to avoid being kicked or punched. So I walk. Not knowing my destination. No birthdays or holidays to look forward to. 

Sometimes I think I'll be recognized by a family member or an old friend and maybe they would stop and talk to me. Maybe they would help me get back to my old self. Maybe we could laugh and tell stories of how it used to be. Maybe they could help me get a shower and put on clean clothes. Maybe I could eat a cooked meal off a plate with a knife and fork in a warm home. Maybe, just maybe, I could feel loved again.

Sometimes this dream seems so real as if it’s going to happen at any moment. But it quickly ends when I hear a screaming voice telling me to get off the sidewalk and keep moving. Maybe someday this fantasy of mine will come true, but for now, I’ ll just keep walking.

~ Jim Mcgranaghan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Submitted: August 03, 2019

© Copyright 2021 Jim McGranaghan. All rights reserved.

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WinnerWire

All Rights Reserved.
Awesome one

Tue, November 5th, 2019 2:53pm

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Thank you Haywire, I appreciate your comment!!

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:48am

WinnerWire

All Rights Reserved.
Awesome one

Tue, November 5th, 2019 2:53pm

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Thank you for your comment!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:49pm

james farr

He is too proud to pan handle yet it is very real when your homeless.Noone ever gives. The solitude is unbearable. I can be there too with your story.You have a good grip on reality.The homeless protagonist is still a proud human even though no one around him says he is.That's the type of hell it is. Just to keep your personality.

Tue, November 5th, 2019 3:00pm

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I appreciate your comment and that you understand my story! Thank you!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:48pm

Lee Crakon

What a sad picture this story paints! Nice work, with vivid imagery that tugs at the heart strings.

Thu, November 7th, 2019 1:54pm

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Thank you Lee Crakon.
I,m glad you enjoyed

Thu, November 7th, 2019 7:34am

Ryan K. Mallegni

Excellently written glimpse into the lives of the homeless. Flash-fiction served this piece well. The final line of the story hits hard.

Fri, November 8th, 2019 4:36pm

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I appreciate your comment Ryan ! Thank you!

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:45am

sweetseasons

Very sad and powerful. Well written, and so very true.

Fri, November 8th, 2019 6:53pm

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Thank you for the compliment, Indeed it is very sad.

Fri, November 8th, 2019 3:38pm

Jean Lagace

I like this. In a very few words, the author catches the anguish, discomfort and desolation one must feel when experiencing such a miserable existence. Just hope Jim will come up with a longer story next time.

Sat, November 9th, 2019 6:39pm

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Thank you for your comment, Jean.

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:44am

Dhiraju

Nice!
Another novel, I've started to read this week is Billionaire's Intense Love- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZVC9KPW (available on amazon kindle)

Sat, November 9th, 2019 9:35pm

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Thank you!

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:43am

C.A.A.

very well said. Paints a grim picture but an accurate one.

Tue, November 12th, 2019 6:40pm

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Glad you enjoyed! Thank you!!

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:42am

Nancy1724

Outstanding!! I could feel exactly what the character is going through. Keep up the good work

Mon, November 25th, 2019 11:21am

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I appreciate your comment. Thank you!

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:40am

SianMD

Sad, well written x

Wed, December 11th, 2019 8:14pm

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Thank you for your comment !!

Fri, December 20th, 2019 10:39am

LittleBigGenie

Great story. A joy to read.

Sun, December 15th, 2019 3:19am

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Thank you for your comment!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:45pm

aleeha

I am so moved...love it

Thu, December 26th, 2019 9:04am

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Thank you Aleeha. I appreciate your comment

Thu, December 26th, 2019 1:18am

Sumit Kumar Arora

This story says a lot using a few words. Good story.

Fri, December 27th, 2019 6:23pm

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I appreciate your comment!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:44pm

Aia Bunny

Wow. This makes me sad. Well written.

Sat, December 28th, 2019 7:10pm

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Thank you for reading my story!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:46pm

Adrian H. Garnett

This is very nicely written, and the story is quiet amazing as well. Good job with the realism of this piece.

Tue, December 31st, 2019 5:35pm

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I appreciate your comment! Thank you!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:42pm

WolfGirl460

I see this story recommended everywhere to me, and I finally decided to read it lol. I'm so glad I did! It is so sad but true, I see homeless people and I always wonder what's going through their heads, and this has given me an idea. And I thought I knew that hopeless feeling, but this is so much worse then I could ever imagine. There is so much emotion in this story I can't help but want to cry for everyone out there, I wish I could help everyone lol.

Sun, January 26th, 2020 5:54am

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Thank you so much !

Fri, January 31st, 2020 1:40pm

Snilloc Learsi

Wow,great piece.So touching.

Tue, January 28th, 2020 6:57am

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Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:43pm

Azure James

Sad...

Tue, January 28th, 2020 5:57pm

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Thank you for your comment!

Sat, August 29th, 2020 1:39pm

Irfan Suryana

Wow, I was so moved with the story. I felt like I was the one in the story. This is very touching.

Tue, January 28th, 2020 6:27pm

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Thank you so much !!

Tue, January 28th, 2020 11:47am

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