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By Josie Whitehead

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By Josie Whitehead


Winter’s wind blows through the streets;
      The rain joins in for fun,
But being homeless isn’t good
      When all is said and done.

And this, a wealthy country,
      Is where you’ll find these folk:
Oh, being homeless, on the streets
      For certain’s not a joke!

I huddle in a shop doorway;
       I see folk passing by:
It’s hard to know why I am here
       And I’ll try hard not to cry.

The people passing by glance down:
      There’s pity in their eyes.
I’m not alone out on the streets
      Beneath the winter’s skies.

Don’t judge the sleepers on the streets:
      They could be you or me:
And being homeless – think of this:
      It’s bad, you must agree.

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