MHCAN of Santa Cruz

Mental Health Client Action Network

‚ÄčThe *ONLY* Mental Health PEER RUN Organization

in Santa Cruz County, California 


Dignity



I don't want to be homeless anymore


It hurts my soul to the very core


I'm just like any other guy


and it's not my fault that rents are high.


I don't rob and I don't steal


and all I'm asking for is a fair deal-


a sturdy roof over my head-


to be dry and warm in a real bed


so I can get some sleep at night


and wake up rested with the morning light


instead of trying to find a safe place to camp


and trying to sleep when it's cold and damp.


I need a place where I can shower


and go to bed at a decent hour


a place where I can cook hot food


That would sure put me in a better mood.


I'm willing to work, full or part time


to earn a living because I'm not into crime.


i;m not lazy and don't call me crazy


I'm a human being just like you


and I have the same basic neds, too.


Don't look down on me because I'm poor.


I'm doing my best to endure.


I'm doing everything I can to cope.


I will never ever give up hope.


If you know someone who would hire me


that would do so much to inspire me


to help me reach my urgent goal-


a place of my own, to warm my soul.



                                                       by M.