Homelessness This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   My home can be


or nowhere.

My daily meals


of anything or


My knick-knacks

and baubles

are the clothes



My money


only what


give me.

I am a being.

I am human.

I am homeless.

If only people

could see

where I stand.


help me


this all.

Will this loneliness

ever end?

Will I begin


new life?






am here.






be ignored.

I am a person.

I am alive.


I am homeless. n

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Atychiphobia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm
Don't hate, appreciate! I admit that this piece is not one of my favorites, but it had a message and a point. It also got a lot of attention, so it's not all bad.
Amber4141610 said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm
I thought this was beautiful. Anything from the heart that tells the truth cannot fail regardless of how many times a person may knock you down. This was amazing.
BeccaKoko replied...
Jan. 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm
btws, I wasnt knocking her down, I was critquing her poem. Any writer should be open to good feedback. (and fyi, constructional good feedback isn't "OMG that was BEAUTIFUL!!!" it's things that the writer can work on and make their work better)
BeccaKoko said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm
I honestly have no clue how this made it into the magazine. This poem needs definite work. There was barely any feeling, it didn't flow at all and was as choppy as an ocean and as shallow as a puddle.
Beauty&theGEEK replied...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm
I totally agree. I have a friend, kate12345me, who contributes to this website and her work far outshines this. I think it was good, but really, it does not exactly belong in the mag. This was okay, I suppose, but it needs WORK. And on top of that, you should check out my friends work, because really, that is the stuff that deserves to be appreciated and acknowledged. Thanks, and I second BeccaKoko all the way. Love, Beauty&theGEEK
BeccaKoko replied...
Jan. 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm
haha yay someone has a taste for good work!!!! haha yah thanks for agreeing. I even think MY work could get in the magazine over this poem. guess not. could you give me your friend's user name so I could check her stuff out????
MarieAntoinette2012 replied...
Oct. 29, 2012 at 10:04 am
That's just rude. There's no advice to help critique this. Critique means advice, not whining that your friend didn't get her work published, and not high fiving each other that you guys are both jealous.
writingriver05 replied...
May 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Hey were all poets how would you like it if someone put up a comment like yours?
Daisysmile101 said...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm
i think this poem was really beautiful...it ment a lot to me because when i was little i was homeless and i didn't have no food.
Michaelseanchavez said...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 6:58 pm
Great poem. Many people experience this and for you to capture it all in one short poem is perfect!
abigailaaden This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Beautiful. I loved the message in this poem, no matter someone's situation or who looks down on them or how different they may seem - they are a human being and deserve the same love and respect as any one else. Really great!
Ella1 said...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 10:50 am
I love your poem! Would you mind reading some of my work if you get a chance?
otherpoet said...
Dec. 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm
This poem was a wonderful read. As a reader, I felt the anger at being ignored and overlooked, unwanted in the eyes of society. I will never judge another homeless person again. Thank you for your work! 
DeeplyShallow said...
Dec. 4, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Beautiful, the format is very maya angelou-esque! LOVE It


Dedicated Admirer said...
Nov. 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Dear Krista,

I wanted to write to tell you that today, in Southern California, during a government summit on Homelessness, your poem was read by the Mayor of San Bernardino as part of his introduction to today's topic. The audience was sooo affected by it, that even the State Assemblywoman and local Board of Supervisor Chair, elected to abandon their speeches - and merely focus on the essence of your message in this poem. Many were visibly teary-eyed.

As a former English teache... (more »)

can_you_keep_a_secret said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm
i didn't find any feeling in it. To be honest. 
Tremendous replied...
Dec. 26, 2011 at 10:30 am
I agree with you. No emotions are being evoked. It reads bland, flat and dull.
BeccaKoko replied...
Jan. 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm
I agree! So shallow.
writingriver05 replied...
May 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm
you know what this is just rude you shouldnt have the right to go around saying that this poem is shallow that poem is bad and so  on and so on i mean how would you like it if someone posted a comment about your poems saying it was shallow and lacked meaning
AEMarcher2395 said...
Oct. 21, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I really like this, its great..! Has a very strong meaning and is very well written.. =]


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