Bench Address



I'm sitting on a park bench 


It's 07:00 am, it's Friday 


The temperature is 2c


A razor blade wind


Cutting into my head 


Even though


I’m wearing a thermal wooly hat 


You must be wondering


Why I'm sitting here?


Well I wanted to feel


What it might be like


For a homeless person 


Who actually lives on a bench 


To be honest I couldn't sit here


For more than five minutes 


I'm wondering


How can they possibly live in this way? 


I can only believe 


It is the very miracle of Must...



Today I MUST survive.


  • Michael Edwards

    A telling write - and a sad reflection on the modern world.

    • Teddy.15

      Dear Michael, I do not remember a time in my life where I didn't come across a homeless person. But now I can't imagine after the calamity of COVID is truly finished what it will be like for So many πŸ’–

    • Goldfinch60

      Yes it is so sad that there are people who do live this way when there is so much in the world that can ensure that it need not be this way.


      • Teddy.15

        As I agree with your words dear Andy I also have seen with my own eyes the authorities trying to help one homeless person who lives on a bench and she refused, maybe she is terribly frightened of the authorities or she prefers it, I could ask her but. Not sure I would like her answer. Thank you dear friend. πŸ’–

      • spilleronsheet

        Dearest Teddy
        It’s cold still I am sure a true poet is one which isn’t only in imagination but can feel what he/she writes
        And I see a great poet in you
        Whose true in letter and spirits

        • Teddy.15

          Thank you for your very kind words dear Spills, it's so cold here and coming out to go to work from the comfort of a bed and warmth I have to stop and think about the people on the bench. πŸ’–

          • spilleronsheet

            It sure is
            So difficult

          • orchidee

            A sensitive write Teddy.
            Being in draughts can be worse than actually being outdoors in the cold.

            • Teddy.15

              Thank you dearest Orchi. πŸ’–

            • woundedheart

              I dare not even imagine their plight as tis too awful to contemplate, kudos for trying and for your gentle heart πŸ»πŸ’“

              • Teddy.15

                Thank you dear Woundedheart, actually some prefer it to the life we have. πŸ’–

              • Rozina

                Dear Teddy, I cannot imagine this cold. So heartbreaking to think of the homeless having to go through this every day. You are very kind.

                • Teddy.15

                  Dear Rozina, thank you I cannot either I can put my wooly hat on and thermal coat when it's so cold. Thank you dear friend πŸ’–

                • dusk arising

                  Apparently the more time you spend in colder times, the more capable you are in tolerating it. My circulation is so poor that i become cold sat 21degC quite quickly even in three layers of clothing.

                  In UK there is available accommodation in our cities for all homeless if they are prepared to follow certain rules. But many either refuse to conform or do not want to mix with the various low-life nasties who rule these places as bullies. I spent a while as homeless in my mid teens and use to find places much warmer than a park bench. I think benches etc are only used in the milder months otherwise many would be occupied by 'stiffs' come morning.
                  I have mixed feelings about the homeless and those who like to conn us into believing they are homeless.

                  • Teddy.15

                    Excellent words dear Dusk, the lady I am speaking of today doesn't want to leave her bench she has a stove and everything I've even seen her brush her teeth. Thank you you give much inspiration in your words πŸ’–

                  • L. B. Mek

                    like Michael commented
                    this is a telling and frank depiction
                    of one of modernity's most depressing
                    an important message
                    delivered in such a vividly worded poem,
                    thank you, dear Poetess

                    • Teddy.15

                      Dear Mek, thank you dear friend, like I say I've seen people try to help her but she doesn't want it. πŸ’–

                      • L. B. Mek

                        that's the most depressing part
                        a symptom of the general malaise
                        that has gripped humanity
                        in this age of anxiety, where
                        the mere worth of life
                        our own individual lives, has lost
                        all value (to some)

                      • Paul Bell

                        The homeless world lying all around us. For some, the dream of the big city. For others, that final bill. Immigration, migration, mental health. The streets accommodate them all. Come election time, they get a mention.

                        • Teddy.15

                          Dear Paul, it's a sad state of affairs, but some actually prefer to live this way. πŸ’–

                        • Neil Higgins

                          Having worked "outdoors" for years,with,a lot of homeless, sometimes they will tell stories of how and why they are on the streets.Not always mental health issues.Sometimes lack of finances.I dealt with several ex forces personnel,who could not cope,and preferred the outdoors.It is a harsh living,unkind and not recommended.But such is the harsh reality of life,more people will end up homeless due to all many of reasons.
                          Just a comment about Dusk Arisings post.I agree,there are lots of con merchants (scum bags) let's not beat about the bush,who use the gullable public to feed their drug habits.

                          • Teddy.15

                            I haven't lived in London for the past 20 years, so I cannot speak about the UK but here, I know only of two homeless people and one has a stove and she smokes and she has a phone. My thought today was living on a bench in the freezing cold, thank you dear Neil I appreciate your review very much. I'd frown to know that some are fraudsters but I certainly can believe what you both say. πŸ’– Thank you.

                          • yellowrose

                            A good poem , teddy πŸ™‚ so sad .. that people have to live like this

                          • Laura🌻

                            My Dear Teddy,

                            It is a bad situation for the homeless. There are so many reasons why!

                            In a NYC, a β€˜city of more than 8.3 million people, nearly one in every 106 New Yorkers is homeless β€” that's nearly 80,000 men, women and children. * Every night, nearly 2,400 people sleep on the street, in the subway system or in other public spaces.’

                            So sensitive and brave of you to sit on that park bench.

                            Thank you for sharing.😘


                            • Teddy.15

                              Thank you for sharing dear Laura, it's so terribly sad and frustrating and of course I never judge I just feel like things should be better for all. Thank you my dear friend. It's always great to see you around here. πŸ’–

                              • Laura🌻

                                You’re most welcome, mia cara amica.😘🌻

                                P.S.- Is Marie (from MPS) ok? I haven’t β€œseen” her commenting and writing lately.

                              • Draven

                                You are so right, I am not accustomed to the cold weather at all and I have no idea how they are able to get through the night....as you said, a MUST keeps them going...what other options?

                                • Teddy.15

                                  It's definitely the must for so many in so many scenario's too. Thank you dearest Draven. πŸ’–

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