To turn away or not – a poem


The beggar sat on the verge,

Looking old and stooped.

I saw the young jogger,

Circle back, making a loop.


A gift of life sustaining food,

What the jogger had in mind.

A look of pleasure crosses,

The beggar’s face, tired and lined.


Poverty surrounds us,

We greet it at every turn.

It seems to affront some,

Who kind actions do spurn.


Time has speed up,

The world is moving faster.

The global economic crisis,

Patched with a plaster.


The economy hasn’t healed,

If we peel the plaster away,

We know troubled times,

Certainly intend to stay.


We can’t solve the problem,

But we can play a small part.

By helping others whose lives,

Taste bitter and tart.


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44 thoughts on “To turn away or not – a poem

      1. I could go on about the hypocrisy regarding this subject. You’ve inspired me to make this subject into a blog post. Charitable organizations set up to aid the poor, the homeless, and the downtrodden are nothing more than for-profit organizations giving lip service to the higher virtues.

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      2. That is sometimes true but there are some amazing organisations and Churches out there that do a huge amount of good for people in need. I carry tins of food around in my car and give them out to particularly needy looking beggars. I hate to think of people being hungry!

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  1. There but for the grace of God go any one of us. I wonder if people turn away hoping not to face THAT reality, rather than wondering what they would do, should they find themselves in the shoes of the beggar, were there no help for them.

    Beautiful, Robbie. I just added a link to this post from Part-I of my empathy article of yesterday.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  2. So incredibly sad, Robbie. Most of our beggars have no education and really have no other option – there is little help for destitute people with no family in South Africa, particularly men.


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