General Poetry posted December 30, 2021

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trapped by homelessness

Rainy Day

by Sherry Asbury

Free-style poem: human suffering Contest Winner 
Cardboard palaces shred
onto the cold, grainy concrete
Their spittle runs raggedly
along the street

Huddled, grizzled faces -
the sexless aggregate
cannot find shelter from
the rainstorm's gruesome
Sidewalk silhouettes shiver,
invisible in their shrouds of rain

Umbrellas serve as blinders,
hiding uncaring eyes from the pain

Warm, well-dressed women
tiptoe their Ferragamos
around puddles...
inward-turned thoughts
that do not include the huddle
of humanity shivering... miserable

Blind, bitter eyes see nothing
but what they choose,
and the misery of human suffering
is the first thought they lose.

Writing Prompt
The topic for this contest is: Human suffering.

Free-style poem: human suffering
Contest Winner


We are ignorant of much of the suffering the disadvantaged go through. Not having a safe place to be - victims of the weather and hunger and uncaring populace, they wander and huddle.
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