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Homelessness MAG

By Anonymous

   My home can be


or nowhere.

My daily meals


of anything or


My knick-knacks

and baubles

are the clothes



My money


only what


give me.

I am a being.

I am human.

I am homeless.

If only people

could see

where I stand.


help me


this all.

Will this loneliness

ever end?

Will I begin


new life?






am here.






be ignored.

I am a person.

I am alive.


I am homeless. n

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on Feb. 8 2012 at 5:46 pm
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
20 articles 2 photos 262 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

saying u dont think their poem should have made it to be published is kind of knocking but i do agree about your point about good feedback. i liked the poem, i dont think it was perfect, but i liked it

on Feb. 8 2012 at 8:46 am
CourtCourt DIAMOND, Franklinville, New York
77 articles 0 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

I fully agree with you. this poem could use more emotion and should really try to capture the essence of being "homeless"

on Feb. 8 2012 at 7:39 am
thebrighterparts BRONZE, Newton, Massachusetts
3 articles 0 photos 7 comments
I think that less is more for this situation; the goal is to make this person seem like all they have is the clothes on their back.

on Jan. 19 2012 at 9:59 am
BeccaKoko SILVER, Mason, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jesus thinks I'm to die for<3

I'm not hating, just giving useful feedback, as said below.

on Jan. 18 2012 at 4:41 pm
BeccaKoko SILVER, Mason, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jesus thinks I'm to die for<3

btws, I wasnt knocking her down, I was critquing her poem. Any writer should be open to good feedback. (and fyi, constructional good feedback isn't "OMG that was BEAUTIFUL!!!" it's things that the writer can work on and make their work better)

on Jan. 18 2012 at 4:38 pm
BeccaKoko SILVER, Mason, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jesus thinks I'm to die for<3

haha yay someone has a taste for good work!!!! haha yah thanks for agreeing. I even think MY work could get in the magazine over this poem. guess not. could you give me your friend's user name so I could check her stuff out????

on Jan. 17 2012 at 11:18 pm
Atychiphobia BRONZE, Tehachapi, California
3 articles 6 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

Don't hate, appreciate! I admit that this piece is not one of my favorites, but it had a message and a point. It also got a lot of attention, so it's not all bad.

on Jan. 17 2012 at 9:25 pm
I totally agree. I have a friend, kate12345me, who contributes to this website and her work far outshines this. I think it was good, but really, it does not exactly belong in the mag. This was okay, I suppose, but it needs WORK. And on top of that, you should check out my friends work, because really, that is the stuff that deserves to be appreciated and acknowledged. Thanks, and I second BeccaKoko all the way. Love, Beauty&theGEEK

on Jan. 17 2012 at 6:53 pm
Amber4141610 SILVER, Fairmount Heights, Maryland
5 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you anyone else, means fighting the hardest battle which any human being can ever fight...And never stop fighting.
-E. E. Cummings

I thought this was beautiful. Anything from the heart that tells the truth cannot fail regardless of how many times a person may knock you down. This was amazing.

on Jan. 17 2012 at 2:54 pm
BeccaKoko SILVER, Mason, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jesus thinks I'm to die for<3

I agree! So shallow.

on Jan. 17 2012 at 2:52 pm
BeccaKoko SILVER, Mason, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jesus thinks I'm to die for<3

I honestly have no clue how this made it into the magazine. This poem needs definite work. There was barely any feeling, it didn't flow at all and was as choppy as an ocean and as shallow as a puddle.

on Jan. 17 2012 at 12:55 pm
i think this poem was really beautiful...it ment a lot to me because when i was little i was homeless and i didn't have no food.

on Dec. 26 2011 at 6:58 pm
Crazymexican GOLD, Jay, Maine
12 articles 0 photos 30 comments

Favorite Quote:
not sure

Great poem. Many people experience this and for you to capture it all in one short poem is perfect!

on Dec. 26 2011 at 4:34 pm
abigailaaden GOLD, Topsfield, Massachusetts
10 articles 15 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
- Jamie Paolinetti

Beautiful. I loved the message in this poem, no matter someone's situation or who looks down on them or how different they may seem - they are a human being and deserve the same love and respect as any one else. Really great!

Ella1 GOLD said...
on Dec. 26 2011 at 10:50 am
Ella1 GOLD,
14 articles 7 photos 137 comments
I love your poem! Would you mind reading some of my work if you get a chance?

Tremendous said...
on Dec. 26 2011 at 10:30 am
I agree with you. No emotions are being evoked. It reads bland, flat and dull.

on Dec. 4 2011 at 9:21 pm
otherpoet SILVER, Wayland, Massachusetts
6 articles 9 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

This poem was a wonderful read. As a reader, I felt the anger at being ignored and overlooked, unwanted in the eyes of society. I will never judge another homeless person again. Thank you for your work! 

on Dec. 4 2011 at 5:38 pm
DeeplyShallow BRONZE, Port Aransas, Texas
1 article 14 photos 8 comments

Beautiful, the format is very maya angelou-esque! LOVE It


on Nov. 16 2011 at 6:24 pm

Dear Krista,

I wanted to write to tell you that today, in Southern California, during a government summit on Homelessness, your poem was read by the Mayor of San Bernardino as part of his introduction to today's topic. The audience was sooo affected by it, that even the State Assemblywoman and local Board of Supervisor Chair, elected to abandon their speeches - and merely focus on the essence of your message in this poem. Many were visibly teary-eyed.

As a former English teacher and retired government leader, I felt compelled to share this with you - as one way of honoring your work which has affected the days and hopefully lives of so many of us here.

Your sensitivity to this most important and critical area of social work, rewarded many today with the gift of endurance and renewed commitment to their work.

I wish you much success and happiness in your future endeavors...you are a truly gifted young lady to have impacted the lives of so many.





on Nov. 12 2011 at 1:51 pm
tayleeeeeeeer SILVER, Laplata, Maryland
5 articles 1 photo 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can fall together.

i didn't find any feeling in it. To be honest.