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My Fourth Year

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Multnomah Falls by DGC


This is my fourth year with nothing,
I cry no tears.
I no longer believe in God, Jesus or Santa Claus,
I have no illusions.
I believe there is a creator and a plan for me,
I have felt his warmth.

I have walked five miles in the frozen snow,
I relish my life.
I have witnessed birds and trees, running waters and frozen grasses,
I received great joy.
I heard the big trucks rumbling and cars speeding as they pass me by,
I saw and felt everything, they saw only their destinations.

There is much to be said about having nothing,
If you can stay alive,
If you can breathe and feel and eat and sleep,
If the pain doesn't catch up to you,
If the shadows don't kill you,
If the loneliness doesn't break you
If the cops don't take you,

There is much to be learned in this university of the road,
That poor people are good.
That poor people come in all shapes and sizes, all colors, all persuasions,
That poor people will share.
That though I might have walked five miles in the snow, they have walked ten,
That still, they have listened to me and obliged me.
That these things too, they have learned in this university of adversity.

I once had many things but I knew nothing and now, I have nothing,
But I know many things.
I once cared for people only with my head,
But now it is with my heart.
I have tried to step lightly through the world and to cause no injury,
But sometimes, I have failed and seek forgiveness.
I have sometimes been insulted and abused,
But I have found forgiveness.

This is my fourth year with nothing,
I cry no tears,
I believe in everything, in song, in laughter, in somber tones.
I have no restrictions,
I live my life in the simple beauty and glorious thunder of a hot shower, a warm bed, and a cold drink, the intoxication of sweet grass or listening to the ocean's cold roar.

I have spun straw into gold; though I'm older I'm not so old,
The warmth of a good woman, her hand to hold,
It is our greatest gift that won't fit in our pockets nor leaden our load.
It frees our spirit and caresses our soul and with it, I have no need of silver and gold.

With it, life is to be relished,
With it, life is not so cold,
With it, life is beautiful,
With it, we can move on.

 

I who am I? Born at the pinnacle of American prosperity to parents raised during the last great depression. I was the youngest child of the youngest children born almost between the generations and that in fact clouds and obscures who it is that I (more...)
 
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Is there anywhere in your article archive the poin... by Ad Du on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 9:53:53 AM
Why ...what? Why I've been homeless?... by David Glenn Cox on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:32:07 AM
And then the rest of them, for I'm sure the answer... by Ad Du on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 2:43:18 PM
You're question is not so much negative, as crypti... by David Glenn Cox on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 7:33:28 AM
It was "cryptic", because I meant to leave it to y... by Ad Du on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 1:20:22 PM
No belief in God. David? You acknowledge a Creator... by JAHGIRL on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 3:09:17 PM
To your religious beliefs, only I don't share them... by David Glenn Cox on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 7:39:01 AM
Jesus had nowhere to lay his head too. Earth is yo... by martin weiss on Monday, Dec 24, 2012 at 7:58:00 PM
Gee, why didn't I think of that? I'm not alone, re... by David Glenn Cox on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 7:43:49 AM
... let me say that libraries aren't exactly free,... by Ad Du on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 9:28:18 AM
is beyond my level. I  am very humbled... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 10:06:08 AM
"We are all on the same road here, pilgrim"This is... by Swamper Tom on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 11:01:05 AM
 Sir,  Your claim made me need to ask yo... by Ad Du on Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 7:38:27 PM
So, what would you suggest, Ad Du? What's your pla... by Swamper Tom on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 12:31:29 AM
 Sir,  Thank you for replying to me. You... by Ad Du on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 3:37:09 PM
This first step, becoming aware of the real situat... by Ad Du on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 3:50:15 PM
However, when we come to economics, it's harder.... by Ad Du on Wednesday, Dec 26, 2012 at 4:11:11 PM
Thank you for your courteous reply. I would like t... by Swamper Tom on Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 2:37:19 AM
I think it may have to do with forgiveness and emp... by Swamper Tom on Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 2:39:52 AM
Dunno if this rings any bells with you, or not, bu... by Swamper Tom on Thursday, Dec 27, 2012 at 2:49:37 AM