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Kuebiko shares a moving poem about the impact of indifference to the plight of the homeless. Please, read on…

Author: John Fioravanti

I'm a retired History teacher (35 years), husband, father of three, grandfather of three. My wife, Anne, and I became business partners in December 2013 and launched our own publishing company, Fiora Books (, to publish my books. We have been married since 1973 and hope our joint business venture will be as successful as our marriage.

9 thoughts on “SMALL DRAMA”

  1. Hey John,

    On behalf of Gallybloggers and Raven’s 12, thank you very much for re-blogging Kuebiko’s poem and supporting our intention to bring the issue of Homelessness into better perspective.

    The following comment was left on Gallybloggers in response to your re-blog. Thank you.

    Namaste 🙂


    Good afternoon John,

    Lovely to see you back in our field again John and harvesting our wares for reblogging and consumption on the other side of the great puddle. Your kindness and generosity are gratefully received as too your on-going support and company. Thank you very much indeed John, we are most appreciative.

    I spent a little time with Kuebiko one afternoon sat in the High Street of the City in which I live watching and listening to the passing crowds and getting a better appreciation of life at that level. Few who passed stopped to offer warmth in words or gift a few coppers. Those that did stop were generous in heart and equally as generous with their sentiment, but they were few and far between given the numbers out shopping. At one point a member of the public (laden down with shopping bags) approached us seeking information about stolen property: ‘I’ve had my bicycle stolen. Would you know anything about it? I mean because you are always here in town, have you seen anyone riding about on a stolen bicycle? If you hear of anything could you let me know? Thanks.’ They handed Kuebiko a telephone number and turned to leave. Having already been insulting, and then adding to that by seeking to capitalise on Kuebiko’s circumstances by asking for his help and support, I asked them if they felt able to make a small donation to this homeless man. They were offended by being asked and simply repeated their request for help. I smiled when Kuebiko tore up the phone number and handed it back to them with a few choice words to express his own sentiment. He was not angry but disillusioned and offended, and explained to me that often the Homeless are targeted by the public whenever petty crimes take place within the community. The stigma of being homeless and the perception of certain members of the public to their ‘ilk’ appears to attach itself readily to the possibility that all homeless people are thieves and criminals, which in my direct experience is simply not the case at all. To suggest otherwise merely foregrounds prejudice, highlights general ignorance, and demonstrates how detached most people are from the reality of lives outside of their own. The Homeless are desperate for help not desperate for uninformed abuse.

    Again, thank you so much for the re-blog John, for the pleasure of your company and the sentiment expressed introducing this poem elsewhere. We look forward to welcoming you back here next time.

    Until then, enjoy a wonderful week and the ever-warming sunshine. It’s going to be a sizzling summer, we hope!

    Namaste 🙂

    DN and Ravens 12

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    1. It is my privilege to share your work on this side of the pond – or puddle, as you put it. I’m not surprised by your story as I know there are people in my neck of the woods who harbor similar attitudes towards the homeless. This is why the Galleybloggers site is important. You can showcase your talents and educate people. I believe the poetry should be published.

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      1. Hey John,

        And it our privilege to be befriended, supported and encouraged by you John and to know that our small voice is being heard and listened to around the world. Thank you. You are right to suggest that ignorance and prejudice prevail in the minds of many who have yet to take a long hard-look at their own myopic world view and realign their thoughts with the sentiments and feelings in their heart rather than their mind. Social issues are not just for governments and local authorities to resolve but real concerns for all of us who wish to live in a better world without division or discrimination and without unfairness or inequality: a world with a shared sense of local community, co-operation, and inclusivity in spirit. We all have a significant part to play in making this a loving world knowing compassion and kindness, love and peace. And if we don’t seek change for ourselves, then surely we must have the vision and the desire to see beyond the extent of our ephemeral lives to the world we leave behind for our children and future generations to come. Don’t they deserve a better world, one in which they do not inherit the sins of their fathers as all past generations have done? We live in Hope and pray for change.

        Raven’s 12 will continue to strive and express their thoughts and sentiments and seek to present the best of themselves in the hopes that their words will reach into hearts and positively influencing minds. It is indeed an education of sorts, and I hope we will be effective in what we are aiming to achieve. Your kindness goes a long way to supporting that intention by circulating our stories far further. Thank you friend for all you do.

        We’ll leave you to enjoy the wind-down to the weekend and trust any plans you have will materialise and bear fruit. Good luck with the writing and blogging, and as always, take care of one and all on your side of the pond. I’ll keep fingers crossed for sunshine and more of those hot Texas winds streaming warmth to your neighbourhood. Happy days indeed!

        Take care big fell, catch up soon I hope.

        Namaste 🙂

        DN and Raven’s 12

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        1. Thanks, Dewin, I appreciate your kind words. I agree that change must happen and this is just one way to help that become reality – one heart at a time. The warm Texas winds have departed and we’re left with 15 C weather for our long weekend. We legislated a national holiday to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday (May 24th) on the Monday closest to that date. Victoria was on the throne when Canada came together as a modern nation in 1867 – this year we celebrate 150 years!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experience, Kevin. I remember walking on one of Toronto’s downtown streets with my wife and 5-year-old granddaughter. We passed several homeless people sleeping on sidewalks and in doorways. It really upset her and she wanted to know why they didn’t have a place to live. I didn’t have a good answer for her – and I still don’t.

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        1. Yes, it moved me and troubled me. We spend $Millions running around the world to bring aid to the poor while we turn our backs on the poor in our own back yards. I guess as log as nobody is shooting at them, our first world homeless are unworthy. Infuriating!

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