Homeless At Christmas

I  originally wrote  this in  December  2013  but it is  still relevant .

I hope it won’t snow this Christmas it’s one of my biggest fears.

It was so bitter last year even thinking of it makes me shudder and shed a tear.

They won’t be eating Turkey with all the trim

Unless they find a charity shelter and they can get in.

The people at the shelters are angels from up above they give their time and plenty love.

They really are saviours they really do so much good.

They give warmth and comfort and Christmas dinner and even  Christmas pud.

OH! why are they out here I hear you say

There are lots of reasons, have you got all day? Dave got made redundant the bills he couldn’t pay So the bank stepped in and took his home away.

His wife could not stand the B&B that the social offered them

So she took the children off to live with her mum so Dave won’t see them again.

Jen, she was cheeky girl always having fun

Staying out late and playing up in the end it got too much for her mum!

After a big row one night  in the summer she asked Jen to go,

So she is struggling along out here now,when your homeless it is amazing how fast your friends all go.

Rob well his story is very sad,

It all started with his drinking then he discovered drugs he became violent and everything turned bad.

He fell out with his mother’s boyfriend who told him he had to go

And then threw him out into the December  snow.

The reasons are legion you can take your pick,

People  who  loose  their jobs  because  they became  sick

From parents who can’t cope

To addictions that make you loose all hope,

Parents or family who beat you, family who will not stop at a touch

They want you to give them way too much.

This may all seem morbid this may all seem too sad

I hate to tell you all, things can be so very, very bad.

People young and old see their hopes and dreams unfold and vanish in clouds of smoke

As they end up on the streets lost and without any hope.

So enjoy your Christmas parties, your families and your Yule tide fare

But as you raise a toast remember the homeless ones out there .

 

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25 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1jaded1
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 19:03:01

    This is very sad and honest.

    Reply

  2. Judy E Martin
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 19:05:11

    It is indeed still relevant now Willow. So very sad. xx

    Reply

  3. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 19:11:45

    This problem drags on and on even though it is obviously the result of a misguided social experiment that involved shutting down State Hospitals while simultaneously paying for tax cuts by gutting budgets for community mental health services. Now there are other people on the streets as well; the elderly and people who have lost jobs.

    Reply

  4. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 19:12:41

    Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    Some thoughts on Homelessness and Christmas

    Reply

  5. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 19:43:31

    Alas, this poem is still relevant. Breaks my heart to see homeless people in the freezing cold of winter, hungry and not dressed for the temps. ❤ ❤

    Reply

  6. ksbeth
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 19:49:43

    so sad

    Reply

  7. jan
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 22:27:58

    So sad but true.

    Reply

  8. socialbridge
    Dec 18, 2016 @ 22:37:52

    Willow, so well said!
    I think you’ll be pleased to hear that a number of people in the Irish arts industry, have grouped together in an ‘act of civil disobedience’ and taken over a building in Dublin that used to be used by out Dept. of Health. They felt that they had to do something to ensure that rough sleepers had a place to go. There is huge support for them. I know it’s not the whole answer, by any means, but it is certainly putting homelessness on the agenda here at present.

    Reply

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