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(07 April 1950 / London)

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Alone On The Streets

She carried the whole world slung on her back
Some threadbare clothes in a rotten old sack.

Heavy lines etched on her weary face,
For her lot in life she had lost the race.

She once had a home with a respectable mother,
Now hard life on the street, she knows of no other.

Her misfortune now plain for all people to see,
A good outcome all lost and never to be.

She spends all her days alone on the streets,
Not a friend in the world only beggars she meets.

How will it all end, does anyone care?
Will anyone help, will someone be there?

If it was your daughter what would you do?
For solutions to her life are all but too few.

Submitted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Edited: Monday, March 25, 2013


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  • Amitava Sur (10/21/2013 10:01:00 PM)

    So sympathizing it was, just I'm touched. Lovely detailing.
    But sometimes I feel that there is no explanation to misfortune.

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  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (9/26/2013 11:15:00 PM)

    Nice poem. Is it a common scene in England, seeing children on the streets, going away from the parents?

  • Mohabeer Beeharry (7/30/2013 10:44:00 AM)

    A good poet is the one who could feel for others and put it in words. I love it.

    I invite you to read my poems sometimes. Thanks

    Mohabeer Beeharry

  • Dave Walker (7/30/2013 3:37:00 AM)

    A fantastic poem, sadly it's the world we live in. All the councils in
    England are too worried about rock concerts and bike races to be
    have time to worry about people who live in their town or city.

  • Soulful Heart (7/19/2013 3:11:00 AM)

    so poignant n touching.....a good thought to spare out of this rushing world...

  • Patricia Grantham (7/18/2013 8:47:00 AM)

    This is an excellent write David. You described a situation of living
    in the street with good details. We are very fortunate to have roofs
    over our heads and family that cares for us. Some of them made a
    choice to live like that but the majority fell on misfortune or took a
    wrong turn. God still loves them also. A thought provoking write.

  • Patti Masterman (7/14/2013 4:02:00 PM)

    Interesting character painting here. In the old days, it seemed children dreamed of running away
    to join the circus..now they dream of having a home with (impossible dream!) two parents..

  • Shivangi Narayan (7/3/2013 10:41:00 AM)

    very sentimental poem......nice approach to help the needy....

  • Pradip Dasgupta (6/15/2013 3:45:00 PM)

    touching the heart.that is poetry for me

  • Bobby Wynn (6/13/2013 9:51:00 AM)

    Amazing poetry, a sad thought, a good subject for a church.

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