Home Away from Home

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“Did he come to pray?

Did he come to rest?

Does he come every day?

Is he on a quest?

Will he find what he’s looking for,

Here in this place?

Will he feel blest

At the end of his stay?

Is this his home,

Away from home?

Underneath the dome,

Does he find shelter

That otherwise doesn’t exist?

His life is a welter,

Some might insist,

But the head of this house,

Welcomes him in His midst,

And finds him not to be a louse,

But a man who needs,

A heavenly kiss.”

Copyright Robyn Graham

Please note that today is Thursday and that means I have also posted on Monochromia.  Be sure to stop by and see another example of my street photography.

Black and White Thursday

It is Thursday and that means I posted a black and white photograph on Monochromia.  The image I posted on Monochromia today is one that I had previously posted on this blog.  You can find the original post HERE.

I am excited and honored to tell you that this picture was selected in a juried exhibit, “Americana” at the Pennsylvania Center for Photography.

Black and White Thursday…..

You know that means!  Please find my post on Monochromia today!

He Still Plays

A Sunday Afternoon Concert

A Sunday Afternoon Concert

The Observer

The Observer

He Plays On

He Plays On

It Isn't Easy Anymore

It Isn’t Easy Anymore

The Sax

The Sax

Tattered and Worn

Tattered and Worn

People Movers

People Movers

People Movers

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Between the Philadelphia Convention Center and the Reading Market Terminal an escalator resides next to a wall with a mural painted on it.  At first glance it appears as though the escalator is taking people away from, or dropping people off at, the train station.  The mural is an amazing work of art with great detail pronouncing the history of the building.  The escalator is busy with the hustle and bustle of today’s travelers and locals alike.

Bless You

To every person that exited through the door he held open he said, “God Bless You.”  And seeing that smile, how could anyone not feel blessed?

To Every Person that Exited Through the Door He Held Open He Said "God Bless You."

That Smile

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“If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.”

– Marianne Williamson

I wish you all a fabulous week filled with blessings and wonder!

 

“Itchy on the Fence”

Street Performers

Some depend on meager

Talents to get by, often

Rebuked, while

Everyone watches and

Everyone judges,

Thinking they’re soulless because they’re homeless.

copyright Robyn Graham

A couple of street entertainers in Portland, Oregon.

August, 2013

Itchy on the Fence

The inhale, literally a second after I asked if I could photograph him.

Itchy on the FenceThe exhale.

Itchy on the FenceFeeling great!

Itchy on the FencePerforming with his wife and fellow musician.

Itchy on the FenceThe wife creating music on a make-shift violin – a saw.

Itchy on the FenceFeeling the music.

Itchy on the FenceThe day’s wages.

Upon writing this post I do not know that the couple in the images is homeless.  However, while in Portland in August we did see a large number of homeless people, some of who were street performers.  The acrostic poem is dedicated to all those who, for whatever reason; choice, recklessness, drugs, alcohol, mental illness, etc. are homeless and trying to get by with the little money they make putting a smile on the face of a tourist or a local by using whatever hope and talent they have left.