My superpower is cardboard

My superpower is cardboard

A Poem by J. Hampton

for the Homeless...the Sheltered...the unfortunate


Once Zealous dreamers

shuffle in grim exodus

toting our portable poverty


at an all too familiar... yet  unsure crossroad


Cast out before morning opens a sleepy eye

The low murmur of denial

a harbinger of defeat

rises like a flash flood

reality and freedom snapped-in-two

cutting the air of peace

as the sound of dry twigs snapping

disturbs sleep

the only  rare and brief nirvana we have ever known


even ...Jesus had no home



We were to become much

and do ... So much ...more


Let's tuck the shattered shards of our hopes

inside our folded capes

and fail in good company


Keep your masks on


our superpower is cardboard


to be invisible


Your shame

is my Kryptonite



 we ...still see

whose albatross..... Is that ?


Knights in shining cardboard

Heros with no home...

Heros with no home ...


J. Hampton -3/24/2013

© 2013 J. Hampton

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One of the most powerful stories I've ever read was Jack London's The People of the Abyss. It dealt with the homeless in turn of the century London's poorest burgs. Here's a link if you're ever in want of inspiration from a master.

Posted 11 Months Ago

J. Hampton

10 Months Ago

Never apologize...I hadn't noticed
I do appreciate that you have and will point out errors a.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

10 Months Ago

Well, my mind works in different places than the average "normal" person. My dream job has always be.. read more
J. Hampton

10 Months Ago

That is a life well lived...Jack was apparently a man about everything! Who knew?
I love him .. read more
A cardboard village is rapidly springing up in my home town. Cops are moving them on - continuously though so they move and they move and they move...
This time of year is worst.
This reminded me of the terribly emotional song 'Streets of London' by Ralph McTell.

Posted 11 Months Ago

But it is sad when you see the homeless toting about a piece of cardboard as theirstossed out of shelters at 1st light in miserable cold weather.

Posted 2 Years Ago

We all had a Teddy Bear - at least in our dreams if not in life.

Posted 2 Years Ago

your shame is my kryptonite.
digging for rare finds today. Hit paydirt with this one.

Posted 4 Years Ago

i am loving this poem and your word play my sister! i love the voice you give these men and women. Seeing through the eyes of Jesus and then writing about these truths is why i write, and you inspire me!

Posted 4 Years Ago

This is extremely moving! The subject matter is heartbreaking, however, your gift of contructing the story within the poem to reach into our hearts and squeeze -feeling for a moment how the unfortunate...these gifted, talented and yet somehow forgotten humans live.
It is a beautifully designed poem written about a horrible living situation so many have come to know. You really got me in the heart with the "Jesus had no home".
This will stay with me!

Posted 5 Years Ago

J. Hampton

5 Years Ago

Your review is so appreciated...
I see how these folks feel on their eyes... How hard it is to.. read more
This seems clearly about the homeless. It paints a frightening picture of homelessness and the accompanying hopelessness. I very much like the reference to being invisible. I think we have all been guilty of "pretend blindness" I know (shamefully) that I have.

Posted 5 Years Ago

J. Hampton

5 Years Ago

thanks for reading...
I work with homeless outreach programs ...and spend enough time in the E.. read more

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Added on March 24, 2013
Last Updated on April 10, 2013
Tags: Homeless, poor, unemployed, poverty, veterans, politicians, PTSD, addicts, alcoholics, beaten, abused, beggars, bums, panhandlers, selfish, greed

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