Comments : Panhandling

  • 1 year ago

    by Maple Tree

    This poem hits me hard....

    It is a scary thing these days to stop and lend a helping hand... you never know the outcome... or the intentions of the person asking... however,

    I work with the homeless, and I can tell you... most of them wish they didnt have to hold that sign and fight hard to not do so...

    I love your writing Brenda!!

    • 1 year ago

      by Brenda

      Andrea, thank you so much! I knew you would totally get what I was trying to say. It's a continuous inner fight to help or not help. Everybody deserves help, it's just scary. I wish no-one was in that position to have to beg for help in such a manner.

  • 1 year ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    I have worked in a convenient store where the homeless used to hang out. Listening to their stories was heartbreaking. Men who had a courier and they lost everything. Then there were others. All of them just wanted a bite to eat and a kind word. Being homeless is something I thought could never happen to me. Whenever I see someone on the side of the road holding a sign I stop and if it's only a few dollars it makes me feel good to help someone in need. Thank you for sharing. Take care

    • 1 year ago

      by Brenda

      Thank-you There's so many people out there who are in need, it's something I would never wish on anyone. It's scary to think most people are only a paycheck away from that. I feel blessed with all that I've been given.

  • 1 year ago

    by Ben Pickard

    Hello Brenda

    This piece struck me as I myself often pass people who are/claim to be homeless and wonder the same thing, which inevitably leads to the question "should I part with my money"?
    To be fair, some aren't always genuine and they are often the ones you can clock instantly, but most of them probably are and I guess that is worth a few of our coins......if we ourselves are able to give them.

    Great write and all the best,
    Ben

    • 1 year ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you Ben, yeah, it's always a quandary. It's something that can't just be ignored. In a perfect world we wouldn't have to worry about this, unfortunately this world is not perfect.