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Jan 17, 2014

Youth Voices - In Their Own Words

Roxy is a resident at Bridge House, a transitional housing program for youth experiencing homelessness. She shared the following poem at a Wednesday evening House Meeting and gave permission to share it here.


Nobody should ever. . . by Roxy

Nobody should have their home taken away from them but
We did. . .

Nobody should be able to throw a mom and her kids on the street. . .
But they did. . .

Nobody should promise you a warm bed and safety then take advantage of your presence
But they did. . .

Nobody should every have to kiss their mother good night in a cardboard box.
I have. . .

Nobody should ever cry themselves to sleep over something they can’t change. . .
Haven’t we all. . .

Nobody should ever have to worry about where their next meal is coming from
But I have. . .
She does. . .
And that’s not okay. . .

Nobody should have to wonder if they themselves and their loved ones will be safe that night.
But people do. . .
I have. . .
She does. . .
And we shouldn’t have to. . .

Nobody should have to sleep out in the weather. . .with wind so cold it goes to your bones. . .no comfort in your clothes because they’re already soaked.
But I have. . .
They do. . .
And she does. . .
And it’s not right. . . .

Nobody should ever have to put on wet socks or wear a pair of shoes until the soles start to talk. . .
But I have. . .
She does. . .
And we don’t want to. . .

Nobody should ever have a tarp for a roof or soaking wet blankets
But I have. . .
She does. . .
And we don’t want to

Nobody who is willing to change should be stuck in the same hellish situation for so long. . .because they had a choice to make and accidently chose wrong.
She is. . .
And because of that. . .
I am. .
And that’s not fair. . .

Nobody should dread waking up because you can’t feel the cold or how numb you are when you’re asleep. . .
But I have. . .
She does. .
And we don’t want to

Nobody should have to live like this all their life.  Everyone deserves a second chance to make the right choice. . .
I got mine. . .
She’s waiting for hers. . .
And it’s not coming fast enough. . .

She hurts. . .and it scares me. . .I see her cry and it kills me.
It hurts to know that I can’t change it. . .that I have to sit back and watch as the world walks right by her without a second glance.

All she needs is a second chance.


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