The face of poverty is here again
The silent vagrant without a friend
Sits cross-kneed watching business men
In suits and ties condescend-
Their needs, filling pockets out of greed
They aren’t moved by the homeless
They all stand together, black-millipede
Looking at you like you’re dead begonias.
They aren’t bothered that your livelihood
Was destroyed, they made a fast buck
Let’s not kid ourselves theirs no brotherhood
When they look at you, it’s just hard luck.
Oh, and if you’re lucky they might just put
A few old silver coins in your flannel cap
Maybe enough to feed that bed companion
That sad old greyhound dog sat on your lap
Have a nice day, sir! Don’t forget to come back.
© Mark Andrew Heathcote
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
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Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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