National Poetry Day
National Poetry Day is the annual day taken to encourage people to create and share poetry, emphasising the importance of voices, words and stories help to bridge understanding in our communities. This year, the theme is 'Refuge'.
It is hard, cold and unforgiving
All morning, day and night
Many think I chose this life for me
They say it’s not their fight.
Sometimes the hunger really sucks
But I do have my pride
I wont beg, so if I must
In the garbage I will dive.
My one pair of stockings
are so filthy and so stiff
I try to wash them in the public fountain
Since I wont likely get new ones as a gift.
I while away the hours
I just try to get through each day
I wish there was a job for me
To earn some honest pay.
I watch the traffic going by
Busy people to and fro
It is though I am not even here
No one will say hello.
It is now time to lay down to sleep
I pray the Lord, my soul will keep
And whether or not I die before I wake
All homelessness in this world, please erradicate.
By Jacob Folger