The darker side of rain – the poetry roll continues


The deluge of rain tumbles from the sky

like a bucket turned upside down

the beggars impervious to its ferocity

their faces impassive, no fear or frown.


Young boys stand on the roadside

eyes smoldering with hunger’s pain

need forcing them to continue standing

despite the lightening and drenching rain.


One holds a bedraggled cardboard sign

the other a tattered polystyrene cup

each hoping a passer by will pause

and give something to eat or sup.


A young mother stands shivering

an old umbrella sheltering her child

his eyes huge and frightened

he has never laughed or even smiled.


In the middle of an intersection

An old man stands bent and alone

his head bowed in supplication to the torrent

he doesn’t complain or sigh or moan.


It’s rare to see the elderly on the street

Poverty means many don’t live that long

my heart fills with a wrenching pain

for this anguished society to which I belong.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town




77 thoughts on “The darker side of rain – the poetry roll continues

  1. Oh, this is brilliant, Robbie. I’d love to see it on billboards in every city across the globe ~ complete with a photo slide show. Perhaps it would melt the ice in the hearts of enough folks to instill a prevailing compassion in the collective unconscious ❤

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  2. A touching poem, Robbie. We need rain, but the rainy day is not doing a favor for the beggars. We use different bins for trash and recycling. On one rainy day, my husband saw a homeless person used one of those bins to store his belongings and roll the bin along.

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      1. Yes, Robbie. We have homeless people everywhere. They set up permanent camps under the freeway or along the freeway under some shades. In Oregon – where my daughter is – government had a project, designate some areas, built a “box” big enough for a bed for individual homeless people. There are social services provide a hot meal once a week, people could come to get sample size daily things such as soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, and even underwear. I went with my daughter once to serve meal and restock supplies. We don’t ask personal issues.

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  3. Scenes unfolded before my eyes as I read and then there were tears too. Your poem pulled at my heartstrings. You are such an awesome writer. This poem should be nominated for a literary award. Also maybe a humanitarian award too.

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  4. It’s a very sad situation, Robbie, and you tell it with great emotion and compassion.
    I read this week of a water shortage and dreadful water restriction in Cape Town. It’s not a pretty picture either.

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    1. The water shortage in Cape Town is a result of government incompetency, Norah. There is a drought to be sure but there are other options and this has been coming for 2 years now. It is very upsetting as the poor always suffer the most in such situations.

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