Homelessness (ATL Experience)

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This is a poem that I wrote after spending many years helping out the homeless population. Every year during the end of the year, my youth group would go to Atlanta and work with an organization that served the homeless. It was an incredible experience! Some of the stories and people that I met are included in the words of this poem.

Submitted: February 22, 2015

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~~Homelessness

Homelessness…
A proverbial issue that is all too often pushed aside
Due to the fact that we choose to keep our eyes closed instead of opened wide
We justify our thinking by saying it’s not our fault they are strung out on crack/cocaine
But if you actually knew anything, you would know that 50% of them are actually 100% sane
You may think the homeless are where they are due to various drugs controlling their lives
But you would actually find this untrue if you would be willing to talk to them and care for them like husbands should be doing for their wives
Sure it may be a bit scary and unusual at the start
But there are really no differences between us that should drive us apart
Just because someone pushes around a cart
Doesn’t mean they aren’t very smart
For example, take a look at Keith
A middle-aged man born who spent most of his life touring the Coral Reef
A man who was an executive chef on a cruise boat
Where he made plenty of money to stay afloat
A man that not only had one Master’s degree but two
Yet, still waiting for employment to eventually come through
Then there’s Ralph
An older gentleman that I noticed that was sitting all by himself
I approached him, introduced myself, and began talking to him about life
Talk about a man who has lived through a reality of strife
Just two days ago he was shot in the chest
Not to mention, most of his life he has had a warrant out for his arrest
Drugs were his number one priority
Until he turned his life over to a higher authority
His face lit up as he told me about how God was carrying him through
In his words, “The power of scripture and love are what helped me to become anew”
Finally, there’s good ‘ole Jimmy Jackson
A self-proclaimed R&B artist who uses his talents to glorify the Lord
With currently two CD’s down and a third eventually on board
Instead of pursuing a career of money and fame
He decides to minister to his fellow homeless to set this world aflame
So there you have it, three men, all with a unique story
Waiting to inspire someone and to show them life in all its glory
I ask you now to give these men and women a chance
Just because they look dirty or have nowhere to live doesn’t mean you need to ignore them at first glance
Hundreds of these men and women have inspiring stories to tell
Now, how will you hear them if you continue to live a life of comfort in your own little shell?


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