Closed Eyes

by Yolanda Shabazz

If you come to visit
There's no need to knock at the door
I hope you won't mind 
That you must sit on the floor
I have no refreshments to serve
No coffee or tea
And we won't be alone
There'll be others, you see.

Who are homeless, helpless, and hopelessly lost
But they will not beg you or argue
"At What Cost?"
I've never faulted those who really don't care
Society teaches folks – look, but don't stare
If people don't look closely
They certainly won't see
That's how I reacted before I came to be.

No! I don't begrudge you your success
For having accomplished a lot
You're the kindest of strangers
Who know excess
From have not.

Closed Eyes by Yolanda Shabazz

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