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Lost in A Sea of Faces

Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies

Lost in the crowd

Lost in the crowd


He seeks shelter from the rain

His clothing says he is not allowed

No way to escape his pain

He simply gets lost in the crowd

Men, women, girls, and boys

Walk past him every day

As if he is invisible

They never have anything to say

He's hungry, dirty, in need of sleep

He's broken shelter rules

Mental illness keeps him bound

So he sleeps outside on the ground

Lost in a sea of daily faces

That pass by without a glance

All he needs is for one kind soul

To offer him a chance


Cheryl E Preston (author) from Roanoke on September 19, 2019:

Thank you all for your comments. I see people like this every day and it is so sad.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on September 18, 2019:

Cheryl, the Christ said "the poor will always be with us" and his teachings on how to live "Saintly" as described in Matthew 6:24-34, 8:20-22, 19:29 & John 3:8 is proof that all saved people has the appearance of being "Lost in a Sea of Faces."

Lorna Lamon on September 18, 2019:

Mental health is so difficult to cope with and even more so if you live on the streets. Your poem highlights the need for all countries to do more in helping these people live dignified lives. All it takes is a want to help and compassion to do so.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 18, 2019:

This is a heart-rending peace, beautifully written.

All around the world this happens - it shouldn't be so in this day and age.


Shannon Henry from Texas on September 17, 2019:

This is such a touching poem. So sad and all too real.