Homelessness Poem

Paul Belz                                   Copyright 2014 Paul Belz


                                                                Consignmemt Shop Farewell

I let go of frayed pants, shirts so old their shapes melt,

belts ready to expire, shoes with tiny holes.

I drive Oakland’s withered streets

past gutters flowing with rotgut

where junkies huddle with the jobless,

and life giving rain turns into a curse,

and a pair of socks becomes a blessing.

Goodbye, old friends:

                                     shirts that held me on chilled campgrounds,

sneakers that  softened my feet  through Tokyo

and Kathmandu,  soft pants that caressed my legs

while I wrote.  Battered people will love you.


About pelicanguy6

I'm an environmental educator and writer currently based in Oakland, California. I plan to include a hiking/nature journal on this blog, along with articles on environmental education, travel articles, poetry, and spontaneous thoughts. I am a passionate hiker and camper and a world traveler. I really enjoy cooking vegetarian feasts, and specialize in veggie German meals for Oktoberfest.
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