1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Torana

    Torana Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2007
    Messages:
    9,659
    Likes Received:
    128

    Lost? ~ Hsnodgrass ~ 85th Poetry Contest Winner

    Discussion in 'Bi-Weekly Poetry Contest Archives' started by Torana, Jun 15, 2009.

    Getting Lost
    85th Poetry Contest Winner
    Hsnodgrass - Lost?
    Congratulations.

    Where the machinery and motivational advertisements meet,
    By the street, next to a sign on the sidewalk, a drunk does preach,
    His breath reeks of desperation, a destitute, institutionalized patient,
    Who escaped the medication for self-deprecating alleviation,
    From problems his degrading mental state creates.

    I wander by wondering if my spare change will help,
    Or if my charity will further his thirst for compounding the problem,
    Ten cents dropped in a cup in exchange for his two,
    On matters of life, love, salvation, spirituality, and divine truth,
    I walk away into a fading day looking for a recognizable street name.

    I can't shake the image from my mind of the man on the corner,
    With his quest, a life purpose, played out to passing guests,
    He will probably get ran off into oblivion soon,
    By a police officer tired of the complaints from pedestrians,
    While I find my way back to my parent's house for a warm dinner.

    I wonder if he has a place to stay or just roughs it,
    I wonder if a shelter lets him bathe and take a s***,
    I wonder if he knows the city or if he appreciates the pity,
    Given to him by the passers-by who think he is an eyesore,
    I wonder if he has lost his way or if preaching on a corner is what his God made him for.


    Well done to all members who entered into last weeks poetry contest. You all have wonderful entries and I thouroughly enjoyed the read.

    I hope you all enter in this weeks poetry contest:
    Theme: Foam
    Theme supplied by: Gannon

    Poetry Contest 86 - Foam



    Torana
    Supporter/Reviewer
     
  2. noelcoward2

    noelcoward2 New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    FL, OH, NY
    I wanted to say that I usually don't read modern poetry- because I feel that it can be a bit overwhelming the stuff that gets thrown around out there. but i was truly touched by your poem. I lived in a city where it actually was voted one of the meanest to the homeless and mentally ill by a national newspaper- and the picture of desperation that you painted brought me right back to some of my own staggering images. great job.
     
  3. JenniferEva

    JenniferEva Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2007
    Messages:
    46
    Likes Received:
    0
    Very nice poem, well deserved win
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page