A Hometown Refugee

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A HOMETOWN REFUGEE

He’s lost.
A refugee of this country.

Forgotten,
dumped
and discarded
at freeway exits
like trash.

His grizzled
broken face
is
expressionless
as he holds up a cardboard sign
which reads “HOMELESS VET NEEDS HELP.”

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He has a million mile stare,
gazing beyond the passing cars,
the freeway and concrete
into a world only he knows.

It’s a place
beyond sadness,
beyond anger.

His is a soul obliterated
beyond recognition.

His tattered clothes
hang loosely from his bony frame.

He’s waiting,
hoping,
searching
for some sign of charity.

On patrol,
he springs into action,
deceptively quick,
grabbing meager
offerings from the drivers
waiting at the stoplight.

His reconnaissance continues throughout the day.

Where’s the TV cameras documenting his plight
as with the refugees in far away lands?

Here’s a refugee
in a country
he once defended.

A defender of our broken shame
even if he no longer has a home to defend.

Just what does the
ultimate sacrifice
mean to him now?

George Pappas
Copyright 2016

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About gmpwrite

My real passion is writing and exploring life as a novelist, poet, and lyricist. My novels MONOGAMY SUCKS, sequel RELATIONSHIPS SUCK, DEAR HEF, YOUNG, HORNY & MORMON, LETTERS FROM CYBERSPACE, and poetry collections BACKYARD POETRY, THE HOLLYWOOD HOMELESS are available on Amazon and Smashwords. Working on launching short story SWINGING WITH THE SUPERNATURAL as a novella just in time for Halloween 2017. View all posts by gmpwrite

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