There are 66,000 homeless people now on the streets of L.A.

I learned that fact earlier today, and I’ve got a few things to say

It’s a pity, it’s a shame, how reckless policies have ruined the state

of California

A man I know is making his Exodus, and I’m glad he is,

that he chose not to stay

California needs drastic, intelligent change

By:J.N.R Dutton

Charlie’s Blues

Charlie played a blues harp

In a dimly lit back alley

Where he slept on a rag blanket

With his guard dog Sally

He played for pennies

Played for dimes

Played for meals

and he’d rattle off

His rhymes

Telling stories

and hoping for better times

By:J.N.R Dutton

I know I said in an earlier post that I was taking a short break, but my mind wouldn’t let me, so I came back early.

It seems to be on overdrive lately.  

Willie & The “Hobo”

His old coat was worn & ragged, and so were the shoes on his feet

He lived in a box on a sidewalk, it was his only shelter from the streets

He never had two nickels to rub together, never knew the next time he would eat

Most people who saw him, they just passed him by

Guess they couldn’t stand such a pitiful sight

but a young man named Willie thought to himself

“I can’t ignore this poor man’s plight

If it were me, & I were in need

I’d want someone to do me right”

By: J.N.R Dutton


California Nightmare (Poem)

Let me tell you about the flip-side

of the California dream

It’s not all glitz & glamour

like is portrayed on T.V.

Housing is expensive there,

and there is rampant poverty

There are homeless, addicts, and panhandlers

walking the streets

I was only there for a little while

but I can’t forget what I’ve seen

More attention needs to be drawn

To this tragedy, this state of emergency

By:J.N.R Dutton