My Life Has No Street

My Life Has No Street

A Poem by Christina May Shanaberg

For the Homeless!
























All streets are dead ends,

When you have no friends;

I just want a slice of hope

Or someone to help me cope.


I might have fallen away

From whom I was, yesterday;

Not knowing where to begin

Or, even, I can be alive again.


Can you see me, at all,

Or have I become so small;

My life has no street,

Just the alley of defeat.

© 2011 Christina May Shanaberg

Author's Note

Christina May Shanaberg
Help the homeless! I was, once, one myself!!

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Your words are needed. Too many people don't want to see the poor. In this Obama job bill. How about new low budget housing and create places for people to get help in re-building a life. The old people pay the price. Taxing their income and less benefits. Cut the 1.2 billion on war. Stop giving loan to B.S companies who stole the money and are gone. 530 million dollars lost last week could save a city like Detroit if spend correctly. Thank you for the poem. Many do help the poor. So many that the organizations can't keep up. A excellent poem.

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


This is full of emotion and empathy well done! It is a sad state most countries are in with large populations of homeless people.

Posted 8 Years Ago

yes, this is a hopeless, helpless, hapless situation...

but alas...they get lost in the cracks of the concrete..

and no one cares...and now many of us living on the edge, paycheck to paycheck are feeling inclined (not by our own doing) of joining them

hope someone saves a cardboard box for me...may need it.

every thanksgiving at this catholic center we do a dinner for the locals...mostly homeless, they get to have at least one good meal...but it isn't enough..

i help serve every year...and the same faces appear over and over again..they just can't get a break and get out of the streets.

poignant poem...


Posted 8 Years Ago

Very well written piece.
Choice of words is great.
Impressed by the lines:
"My life has no street,
Just the alley of defeat."

Posted 8 Years Ago

Great poem. The subject and the sentiment behind it are spot on and the execution is great, very poetic, esp those last two lines. I like the way the penultimate line echoes the headline and sets up the killer last line. Great stuff.

Posted 9 Years Ago

My friend i understand the streets and this is a perfect and soulful write
nothing is worse than being out there this connects with me deeply for it is one cause even a drunken joker like myself deeply belives in we should never turn are backs on other people great work cheers to this

Posted 9 Years Ago

So many people need help, and yet corporations get government payments so they can make bigger profits, and this country continues to make war. I say, the money should go to those that need it, no questions asked. No society is working properly until everyone is taken care of. Oh, I wish I could help all homeless. An excellent poem.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Today we must do more. One in six people are hungry in the USA. We live in a hell of a Government. Will sent Soldiers to be policeman for the cost of 1.2 trillion dollars. Allow their people to go hungry. here in Michigan. Most shelters are ran by volunteers and donations. I agree with your Author's note. We must do what we can.

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Thankyou I enjoyed this. You write well. Keep on raising awareness, you're doing a great job in a talented way. Thanks.

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Its an epidemic, and words like these help keep the message in everyones minds as they go about their daily business....good job.

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on September 28, 2011
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Christina May Shanaberg
Christina May Shanaberg

Mount Vernon, OH

I am a former member of North Shore Writers' Guild in Willoughby OH. I have had numerous poems published and letters. I am, currently, working on a screen play that I hope will interest my cousin-in.. more..


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