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Homeless and Hungry

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There's something people don't wanna see
Living out on their streets
Lost in an age
Of fake civility

Burning dollars everyday
The edges starting to fray
Lost in this age
Is our humility

Wake!
Up and see
This sickness

Shake!
Off this age
Of godless deeds

I'm running away
From all this selfishness
Let Him abide in me

There's someone people don't wanna see
Starving out on their streets
Lost in their ways
Smoke of security

"At least we're not as bad as them"
We hear the frequent "Amen"
And so instead
We feed our apathy

Wake!
From this dream
Of comfort

Shake!
Off your lack
Of sympathy

I'm running away
From all this selfishness
Let Him abide in me

When we ask what we've come to
We've come to the end
On the idol of wealth
We've come to depend

What's this world when we say
"They'll just throw it away"
Yet we do
nothing else
But just stare!

We need to
Wake up!
And look at ourselves
Do we have what we need?

Whilst the "others" are out
Living out on the street!

We need to
Wake up!
And show that we care
If they're freezing to death

You try to tell me that's fair.
The great tragedy of the world is that people should have grossly more wealth than they will ever need. The predicament of the homeless to the average citizen is that they end up doing nothing. People aren't going to invite them into their homes. They aren't going to give them money, because they'll waste it on alcohol, smokes or drugs; yet another problem of society. So instead, all we end up giving the people living on the streets is a glance. There are homeless shelters and meals, and volunteers who give up their time, but we do little to help those who come within our immediate experience. I'm only eighteen, living at home, so I'm frustrated that I can't do anything substantial. But the fact remains that we can do more.

" The Parable of the Rich Fool

Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

Jesus replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, 'What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.'

"Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." '

"But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'

"This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God." "

Luke 12:13-21
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NykiiLynn's avatar
liked it until i realized it was about god -_-
deng-li-xin32's avatar
That Bible text just happened to be one of our readings this past Sunday o.O

This is a great poem!! And I know what you mean about being frustrated about not being able to do anything substantial. Actually I suppose I would be able to just hand over some money, but I've done that before to someone who I found out later just cheated it off me and wouldn't have needed it. It's a difficult thing.

What my father told me is to give people food instead of money - if they're really hungry, they'll appreciate it. A pastor once told me he just invited this begging girl to eat something, and she was happy. Or taking them to a grocery store to buy what they need. (Problem is, that's something I'd maybe never be able to do because I am somehow incapable of talking to strangers = = but yeah..)

Anyway really thought-provoking piece! ^^ Would be a good song! (And it reminds me again how I'm also just another one of those who takes one look and goes on walking, or hopes the beggar won't come my way.. *sighhhh*)
Modnar-Redrosid's avatar
Haha, I'm not surprised, it was our reading too. We're probably on a similar or even the same...programmy list thing. What's it called? I dunno.

I still find it really annoying that I can't do much. I consider that if I'm a poor artist, haha, so be it. I'll work like everyone else, and probably volunteer places. (I'm considering, hopefully if it hasn't happened already, going to a school-related thing that is doing a soup thing). If I'm a rich artist (which, while I'm still living, is unlikely) then I'm in an all the more better position, and I'll probably live similar to how I would otherwise. At least that's the idea. I'll leave it in God's hands and see what he wills.