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Dogwood Daughter: THE LISTENING ROOM

Vagrancy's A Crime

(Dogwood Daughter)
Martha Maria

I heard on the radio (I think NPR) about a number of American cities recently passing laws that make it a crime to sleep in a public place (like in a park or on a sidewalk.)  So where is a homeless person supposed to sleep?  It seems to me that poverty is being criminalized in this country.  I don't believe that most people are homeless because they are trifling and lazy.  I believe that like me, they would love to have a bed to call their own.  And truthfully, many of us are no more than a pay check or two away from being in the same desperate straits.  


When you're down and out

Nobody knows your name

Vagrancy's a crime

Beggins' a disgrace


Looking for a place

To lay your weary head

Loitering's forbidden

A sidewalk ain't a bed



You didn't know when you lost everything

You'd be shunned like a leper

And hounded like a beast

Poor is unforgivable

No money means no rights

So move along now, fellow

Vagrancy's a crime


Wandering the street

Time goes so slow

Talking to yourself

Conversations all alone


People hurry by

They don't want to see

Afraid they might catch

Poor like a disease



If you could sleep

Then you would dream

Somebody kind, with arms open wide

Would say, come in, 

You're welcome here, Friend



Copyright 2010 Martha Maria