May 16, 2012


old man
sitting on the ground
he begs for coins
he begs for change
but people just look straight ahead
stepping over him
walking around him
so the change never comes
he begs to be noticed
he begs to be seen
but he is only a shadow
a ghost

copyright © 2012 Kevin Routh


  1. Heartbreaking. When I lived in the town centre, I often took cups of tea and soup to a homeless man whose begging patch was around the corner. Perhaps I'm too soft, but it sickens me to see other people just stepping over the homeless as though they're invisible. It can happen to anyone.

    1. You're not too soft. If everyone else was more like you, the world would be a better place.

  2. Not sure the homeless need to be pitied. They made bad decisions in life and now they are paying for them. Good poem tho - just don't agree with the sentiment.

    1. Thanks for reading Anonymous. I don't agree with your sentiment either. I guess we can agree to disagree. :)

    2. Like I said, you are a good writer, but I don't see why I have to pay for bums asking for my money. We would be better off if they all just helped themsefs and got a job or just died. Either way the crime would decrease and the streets would be cleaner.

    3. I appreciate the fact that you read my blog, but I find your comments both typical and sad... If you truly stood behind your words - you wouldn't be "anonymous".

  3. Sad poem but true. I like the way you called them ghosts because it fits perfectly with your poem.

  4. Great title for the poem. And very true.


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