If Only


This is me lying face down on the ground,

broken, wasted, dismissed,

the life draining out of me.

But I am still alive, only just.

Memories of you waft in and out of my mind.

Your face, your hair, your eyes …

A smile dances around my mouth, despite myself.

Have I got enough strength to get off the ground?

Go looking for you,

could I find you?

Would you want me to?

Footsteps hasten in my direction, slow down

and then move away, suddenly.

I guess I am not exactly a pretty sight…

That’s what years of living on the streets will get you.

Broken, wasted someone’s punchbag.

But who cares about that.

If only I could find you,

just to see you, and know you won’t twist your face

away from me.

If only…

I could rise up, off the ground.

If only.



Dedicated to the many homeless men and women in my neighbourhood. May life start looking up for you.


Thanks for stopping by, S

Published by Sharon's Writers Tidbits

Sharon is a writer who lives in north London and has a long-held passion for the art and craft of creative writing. Sharon's main interests are novels, short stories and poetry. She also enjoys writing non-fiction. She is an avid reader and has a threatening TBR pile of books!

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