Monday, February 8, 2016

Positive thinking, in a poem

By Jennifer

Positive thinking, in a poem

Jennifer sells the One Step Away newspaper in Philadelphia.
Jennifer sells the One Step Away newspaper in Philadelphia.

By Jennifer

I want to start out by saying thank you to all our One Step Away customers for your generosity and hospitality. It means a lot to me and I am so thankful for all of you! You continue to brighten up my day when it seems nothing can. I don’t even have the words to explain how thankful I am.

You make me feel better about myself and give me hope that one day I will end up back in school and in a house with my boyfriend starting our family doing everything we need to do. I don’t know what I would do without One Step Away right now in my life, and I am so very grateful to work for such a respected company and that truly helps the homeless who want to work for their money and lets us be the voice of the paper!

It truly means the world to me today. You don’t know how much that dollar means to all of us at One Step Away. For me and my boyfriend we really don’t have too much but that dollar or two is what helps give us the chance to better our lives and make the changes that we need to make.

It makes me feel great and wants me to be able to give back in any way that I can. I gave a homeless woman a jacket and gave a man a hot coffee, food and some spare change. So I am feeling a lot better this year, working and keeping myself busy. And my boyfriend makes me feel great but drives me nuts, too. (LOL, I love you, Chester).

This is a poem I wrote about a year ago but was never able to finish. I recently found it and just finished it. I’m not too sure about it, but I think it shows how positive I have become over the last year and that one day at a time, everything is only one step away.


Cold as ice on this freezing winter night

Not a single person anywhere in sight

It’s hard to see as the fluffy snow falls from the sky

I’m lying here cold as ice not able to find a reason why

Is it because I’m stubborn or because of my pride

I won’t take any help or let anyone on my side

It’s embarrassing to be so dirty and smelly

Without a single thing in my belly

I know one thing, I can’t continue to live this way anymore

Not being a responsible adult just a fake free bird as I soar

I want to have my own and to truly live

But I feel so bad like I have nothing for this world to give

By sitting around and doing nothing won’t help me at all

I want to be proud of myself able to stand tall

Today lying under these hot sunny rays

I’ve finally decided to get up and change my ways

One day at a time I feel like I finally am full of life

Letting my pride go taking help no longer in pain and strife

I tell myself every day that I will remain strong

By working on myself and knowing right from wrong

I will continue to do what I need to live this way

Nothing can stop me and I don’t care what negative people say

I won’t let anything get in my way to make me change

Because now I know that not a thing is out of my range


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