Just Walk On By


Do you see him the man on the street?
His eyes that beseech
His lips that speak of
hopelessness and despair.
His thoughts and dignity
stolen by society,
and an anguished mind
The icy hands of circumstances,
taking his livelihood
held captive in poverty’s relentless grip

People walk by him in a rush
chasing unattainable goals,
slaves to the impotent narrative
of success. trying to impress,
spurred on by imperatives
devoid of substance

Passersby consumed by time
always in a race, a constant haste
teetered to an elusive dream
bankrolled by the Joneses
their blood and sweat
revenue in the stream of greed

Lusty mortals seduced by the
whorish temptress
that is corporate America
specializing in the cremation
of aspirations and inspiration
climaxing in the loss of morals

Strangers immune to plight of the homeless
They are too busy wagging the tail of the dog
Mindless sheep devoid of sovereign reason
spineless and passive, sowing empty seeds
paying on mind to the tolling of the bell
or the beggar on the street.

-Tosha Michelle


13 thoughts on “Just Walk On By

  1. It hits hard, our society and culture sure are incomplete while this story is so relevant – It has always been thus, but it should never go backwards – and yet it does, its a tough call to grow up sometimes, what a world! Xx

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      1. Sigh – yes, I can’t argue, complex problems with seemingly simple solutions, its probably one of the worst sides of modernity, so many people don’t fit in, or won’t, or can’t – its a tough one. It wasn’t meant to be like this!

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  2. Wow! Tosha. That’s so many lines of powerful truth, written brilliantly.
    The strength of your compassion, really shows.
    To quote Nick Polizzi @ The Sacred Science.
    “Gratitude is the antidote for both anger or sadness.”
    If Gratitude can conquer those two fears, go figure the possibility’s a breath of gratitude can do.
    He claims, a daily list of 5 or 10 blessings will work miracles.
    I can only claim how quickly I forget.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful words.💙

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  3. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    It’s been a while since I posted one of Tosha Michelle’s poems, but this subject has a very special place in my heart. When I worked at the Sy. Vincent de Paul Homeless Clinic, I saw all kinds of people down on their luck & I have never forgotten the stories they told.
    Peace, love & a happy home to all,
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    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” will be out en Español very soon! It is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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