These poems are the voices of the forsaken. True stories about the hardships of being homeless by one who lived on the streets. Perhaps they will move you, perhaps not. But the author’s intent is to make you stop thinking about the less fortunate with contempt, and see them as they are: human.
We all have a story. We all have a past life. Ms. Balcita has captured the words of the homeless in her short book of poems. Autodidactic, 16 years old, and now in college, this young lady is one to watch. Like a Phoenix, she has risen from the streets; herself homeless in Lake Tahoe as a child, she is proof that with faith and hard work, we can do anything.
In her poems, she conveys the sadness, the hunger, the unfortunate circumstance of the homeless, while showing their humanity. She brought me back the memory of the homeless veteran I saw daily when I was a student in NYC. One cold morning, on my way from Penn Station, I brought him a coffee, the first of many. He had a lot of stories to tell, and I was glad to listen. The homeless are people with past lives, loves, and regrets, and once you read these powerful words, you will be moved.
Kudos to Ms. Balcita for capturing the souls of the lost with compassion, hope, and love.
Title: For the Hungry
Author: Ms. Blue Marie Balcita
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date: March 25, 2016