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The Most Humble

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Love is nestled deep
In the hearts of the most humble
They are the lost
The forsaken we only speak of
As if this makes us care
Our thoughts, only echos
Bouncing off their dreams
Small change, petty offerings
Pools of pity at their feet
This is not love
Love hides
In sweaty, weathered lines
Of stories untold to us
Because we did not ask
In warm, filthy hands
Held above the fire
Love lies under blankets
Praying to the light
Curled up, messed up
Teardrops, trembling
Love waits patiently
In faded faces, beaten
By stronger hands
And evil minds
Love speaks gently
Or not at all
Cryptic, mute
Silenced by storms
That rage in brains
Unrecognized
Until it’s too late
And love is out the door
On the street
It’s you and me
But we don’t see
Our beds are warm
But we are cold while
Love is nestled deep
In the hearts of the most humble

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This poem is my way of expressing concern for a better understanding of homelessness in our society.

I am inspired by others who have dedicated much more of their time to directly reach out with acts of generosity, moments of kindness, friendship and most of all…conversation. It is this respect that sets an example for others. If the majority of us do no not speak to those on the street, then thank God there are people like Dennis Cardiff , Kaze Gadway who do…..on a regular basis.

In addition to his blog “Gotta Find a Home”, Dennis has recently published ” Gotta  Find a Home- Conversations with Street People” which documents his conversations with the homeless as he visits and interacts with them without judgement.  You can find a digital version at Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple iTunes and Flipkart.  Print versions are available at Amazon.  “All profits will be used to support the Ottawa Innercity Missions, Street Outreach Program and those people forced onto the streets.”

Kaze Gadway blogs at “KazeStories” sharing her experiences as she spends time with the homeless, offering them water and blankets and talking with them. I admire her willingness to become involved by not only acknowledging them, but by listening to their stories, offering hope, comfort and helpful ideas if only to get through the day. Her compassion is put into action on the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Please take the time to check out both of their blogs.

Photograph: Courtesy of Steve Huff  from a collection called “My Homeless Project”.

His candid shots portray the hardships of life on the streets of Phoenix, AZ .  Steve took the time to speak to homeless men and women during his daily walks to learn of  the real life events and situations that lead to homelessness. In exchange they allowed him to take their photographs.

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22 responses »

  1. Thank you for mentioning my book. It is much appreciated. I love your photograph and poem. ~ Dennis

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  2. Working in the non-profit world for the past 17 years, I have witnessed first hand, the dismissive attitude around our homeless population.

    These people are our mothers, our fathers, our children & our friends who, for whatever reason, have found themselves on the street. Many times a safer environment from where they have been. Getting to know their story makes them human, something many people fear for it easier to walk away when you know nothing about the person before you.

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post.

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    • Thank YOU for taking the time to read it! Sharing it is what this post is all about.
      There are too many assumptions and stereotypes about homelessness. We have no right to judge others..especially when we do not know their situations. Also, many people are not aware of the lack of services available.
      Thank you for your comments. 🙂

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  3. This poem brought tears to my eyes. Absolutely beautiful.

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  4. May we have permission to reblog this poem with a link to your blog? I would really like to share this with others.

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  5. Shery Alexander Heinis

    This is a moving poem and serves as a reminder of one of the “wicked” problems of our society. Yes, I follow Dennis and his blog is instructive and transformative.

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    • Thank you for your comments, Shery. I like how you use the word “wicked” . I think when anyone is treated with less dignity just because of their situation, “wicked” sums it up. Glad to meet a fellow follower of Dennis! 🙂

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  6. A good tribute and a lovely, thoughtful poem. Do you know about street retreats? Something that might interest you –
    http://www.actionbypresence.org/street-retreat/
    http://zenpeacemakers.org/events/street-retreats/

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    • Wow! Very interesting. It would definitely be an eye opener to put ourselves in their shoes..even for a day.
      Thank you for sharing these links and for your kind comments. 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on Homelessness in America and commented:
    This poem and the accompanying photograph gave me chills. We have been granted permission to reblog this. Please visit this website and show your support for this blog.

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  8. Excellent poem and photo!!!!!! I too follow Dennis, he has done such a wonderful job! Glad you mentioned him and his work!!

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  9. Excellent! So honest and heart breaking.

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  10. I love your picture and composition.

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  11. This is my second time reading this wonderful work and I love this piece even more the second time around! A great and layered write, true and emotional! Fabulous job!

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