short poetry, words move, man alone, homeless, famous, dreams

surely now,
the Orange will,

break into segments,
small enough to eat.

I choked last time, swallowing it whole.

gonna be a movie star,
once I’m on my feet,

ride around on leather seats,
drunk on adulation.

These days I carry a pocket knife,
I was given,

A portable juicer,
And a hammer,

Just in case.


photo – webstockpro.com

Linn for Narcissus at Versus for the Cynical.

17 thoughts on “Homeless

  1. Ally says:

    Love love this one. So great!

  2. So poignant, Kenny. I have to guess your insomnia is because the creative muse keeps your mind so busy.

  3. gnunn says:

    this is superb kolembo… such beautiful desolation.

  4. penpusherpen says:

    Just in case…Life doesn’t pass by and tries it’s luck. So many stories on homeless being attacked for no other reason than ‘they’re homeless = nothing’ … Makes me afraid for humanity…xPenx

  5. Mattison says:

    What a poignant poem! Love the details of what he carries with him–the hammer in particular.

  6. moondustwriter says:

    I appreciate your sentiment – so much loneliness, mental health issues and then homelessness with vets

    You address it very sensitively

    thanks for sharing with One Shot

  7. Timoteo says:

    As long as he has dreams, anything can happen.

  8. nice piece. I was just discussing with my friends the state of veterans, well what becomes of some vets in this country. Imagine all that most of them have gone through for us, in the name of duty and country and the way we treat them, man!!!

    I like how you mentioned his dreams and present state…juxtaposition at its best, awesome work, as always 🙂

  9. Wow. Haunting and powerful. Your work in general, I would say. i’d love to hear the audio.

    Cheers, Rick

  10. dhaami says:

    🙂 Love this one.. and I really do choke on oranges.

  11. Marian says:

    portable juicer? priorities!

  12. danroberson says:

    A month ago two homeless men were incarcerated for trespassing, sleeping under a bridge. When they were released all their possessions were gone.

  13. You visited my new blog. Hope you were not offended too badly, but badly enough to enjoy it. I like you work and will return.

  14. kshawnedgar says:

    Clean dip into an individual mind. The hammer’s a good detail. I had a friend who carried one for protection. He said it was a practical weapon for the street; one that could be used to make money as well.

  15. love the ending, love the piece.

  16. Carl says:

    Fabulous exploration, my friend!

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