All Men Are Created Equal – Donna Godsman

I live from day to day, too often they are the same

I am 47 years old and currently work as a taxi driver. My youngest child has recently left home to go to university so I have time to spare and have decided to act upon my love for books and try my hand at writing. Two weeks ago I started a part time college course on literature and I love it so far

All men are created equal

Yes I am homeless

I have no shelter from the wind or the robber or the judging eyes

I live from day to day, too often they are the same

I worry, I wander, I shiver, I sit

Some people give me nervous smiles, loose change

Some even ask my name

Their lives are ordinary, as mine was

Before it went to shit.

Stop a minute! You with the judging eyes and leather briefcase and authentic tan

Do you really think you are a better man

Than me? There but for the grace of whatever, wherever,

Could it all fall flat? Like it did to me

Stop a minute! Look! Are we so unalike?

I too am a man, and a good man at that!

Donna Godsman

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