ADULT POETRY WINNERS

1ST PLACE

SUN

By Ronald Norman

What is a sunset that seemingly begins and ends in darkness?

The light is my friend, despite the challenges I face with clouds blocking my light…

Poverty and struggle share DNA, and today is not yesterday, but tomorrow is promising with hope…

The shelter is filled with demons, yet the angels are present and revered…

Homelessness is not the end of the world…

What is a sunrise to a man overwrought with regret concerning a lifetime of unhealthy decisions…

The inner voices arrogantly profess that losing is the only thing that I am successful at, especially since I am homeless…

I listen, yet I don’t respond…

Healthy, Confident, and always open to change remains my mindset despite the fact that it is oftentimes strange being in a place in time that you could never imagine as a child full of dreams…

Things happen…

Things just happen to happen…Life happens!

I reside in a place where darkness continues to fall, yet the sun will not cease to shine on my small corner of the world…

God has mercy and grace that favors the just as well as the unjust, and living in poverty is not a reason not to trust in the only one who gives life to all things living…

Death is life is death…All I have left is hope and faith…

So what is a sunset to every days that seemingly begin and end in darkness?

NEVER THE LESS, THE SUN WILL SHINE, AND DESPITE HOW SIMILAR, NO TWO DAYS ARE ALIKE

2ND PLACE

How Can This Be?

By Mae Thompson

How can this be

O’, how can this be

Why is there

No place for me

Friends are all gone

Where?  I do not know

They promised to meet me

But they did not show

Family too

Where are they

No one told me

There were going away

I knocked and I knocked

Till my knuckles pained so

But all my knocking brought

No answer from the door

With friends all gone

And family disappeared

I trotted to the nearest shelter

Drenched in tears

How can this be

O’, how can this be

Out of all the places

There is not one for me

Copyright Homeless Grapevine Issue #87 in July 2009 in Cleveland Ohio.