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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Homeless man doing his thing.

Eyes wild, arms held wide;

“Our Lord God cometh soon!” He cried.

We left him to it, gave him space

And didn’t look him in the face

As he slurred loudly in the street,

(Some words too shocking to repeat)

Spittle clinging to his beard

While parents covered their kid’s ears,

It was the strangest thing to watch,

In filthy clothes and sodden crotch

As, holding bible high in hand,

He proclaimed each of us damned.

I kept my distance walking past,

With all the others, moving fast

As officers cut through the crowd

To where the old man, growing loud

Had started singing out of tune,

Euphoric words that all too soon

Were cut short as the coppers led

Him to the car, minding his head,

And with the cuffs on had him seated,

Looking smug and undefeated

As the crowd of amused faces,

Different ages, different races,

Regarded him with fascination

As he was led off to the station.

Submitted: January 19, 2012

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Victor Darnell Hadnot

Wow. I believe that poetry is suppose to reveal a truth. That is the whole point of the art form. We all have see this person. Some of us watch, some look away. But, the horrible truth is, that we are looking at ourselves. Just a fantastic piece...

Thu, January 19th, 2012 11:15pm


Thank you so much ^_^

Thu, January 19th, 2012 3:21pm


this was great! honestly, I mean so many people now try and go way overboard with how deep they can make a poem and it ends up making no sense! I really liked this because the rhyme scheme kept it simple enough to follow along, and the content kept it thought-provoking enough to want more. Good job, you should be proud :)

Sun, January 22nd, 2012 7:18pm


Thank you! (And I know exactly what you mean when some people over do it with the deep poems. Honestly, if you lose the reader, then what's the point?)Thanks for commenting! :)

Mon, January 23rd, 2012 5:37am


I was struck by the contrast of the lighthearted rhyming to the message. Interesting. "LIKE"

Mon, January 23rd, 2012 12:24am


Thank you so much :)

Sun, January 22nd, 2012 4:54pm

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