The darker side of rain – the poetry roll continues

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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

 

 

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75 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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