It’s Just Hard Luck – Author Mark Andrew Heathcote

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

This book was sponsored by the Starving Artist Fund by the publishing group Creative Talents Unleashed.

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