I work with the homeless. The pros among them are incredably  innovative having lived rough for years.  They truly March to a different drummer

Homeless Innovation

Vacant eyes in constant wander 

Hair in harried dirty blonde

Jacket torn and ripped asunder

Boots removed laces long gone


Dumpster bound for treasure sparse

Furtive glances in chance of notice

Security here is a bit of a farce 

But guard dog signs are rarely bogus


Following shadowed nooks and walls

He threads his way to the metal box

In ballet steps over scrap deadfalls 

Now up and over in his socks


His prize in hand he exits now

Boots on tracing the inward route

The roll awkward it’s weight somehow

Balanced nicely his gait resolute


Clear and away he breathes a sigh

Tonight will be more pleasant now

Bubblewrap will quilt him warm and dry

Another night of just knowing how

Poetry by josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-02-23 at 18:57

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Alan J Ripley The PoetBay support member heart!
Although sleeping rough, is rough itself.
It can bring out the human in some beings nicely written.

Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
It's a very poignant and moving vignette you give us here, Joe, and yes, clever of the fellow to think of bubblewrap! It's good to see you here.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
When I was in high school I worked on the adolescent ward at a state hospital in Chicago. It was grim. The public hospitals were shuttered long ago. What became of those kids, now adults?Where are they, on the streets, thriving, dead? I fear the worst.

Your poem, so eloquent, casts a hopeful, positive light on a dire situation.

Best wishes, Joe.


Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Great rhymes and narrative Joe. My experience is the same as FM's, homeless people are very intelligent and often professionals who are disillusioned with society. It is so good that you are helping them.

F.i.in.e Moods The PoetBay support member heart!
Cher monsieur O., quel plaisir immensurable de vous retrouver ! :) This is beautifully expressed and echoes my experiences in the homeless community. It's very difficult to explain it, but you capture the essence of the beat very well.

I agree, it's impressive how with so little resources they find a way to get by somehow. I've met all kinds of people during my time on the streets when I was young, and although it's been a lifetime ago it feels like now, I will never forget. A lot of them are extremely intelligent folk! Again, rarely the portrayal that's ever made about this community. As for having a different drummer, well, I'd say in the circumstances, it's required :)

Thanks for the work you do! And thanks for sharing, a most enjoyable poem.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
Well observed, Joe. It's good to have you back.