23 Jan

I watch, seeing you sitting there

looking so saddened and somber.

Unkept beard, thinning grey hair

couldn’t appear any more calmer.

Couldn’t help myself but to think

“what’s wrong in that head?”

Thinking, “could I buy you a drink?”

“Quite possibly a loaf of bread?”

Children walk on the other side

as they cautiously, yet hastily skip by.

While managing your dignity and pride

you don’t waste life wondering why.

Though, I now wish that my realization

of inaccuracy had come much sooner…

because after all this time,

I’ve come to find… were just waiting for an Uber.



© 2018 Joseph Emerson @


Posted by on January 23, 2018 in poetry, writing


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30 responses to “Perception

  1. Jonathan Pines

    January 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Nice one. Feels like when you just watch people in public trying to figure out what’s going on in their lives. Would make an interesting subject for a blog

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joseph Emerson

      January 22, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Yes. I used to sit at this gazebo on the beach by my house and I would make up ridiculous stories about the people that passed by. Would definitely be a cool blog topic.


  2. Bharath Upendra

    January 22, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Waiting for an uber?!😂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Quillpen

    January 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm


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  4. boundlessblessingsblog

    January 23, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Nice and simple words penned Joseph.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Daman

    January 23, 2018 at 10:05 am

    I am nominating you for Liebster Award. You may find the Details over

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joseph Emerson

      January 24, 2018 at 7:06 am

      Daman, I am extremely flattered. Much appreciated. Although I have been nominated for this already, and I think the rules state that you can only be nominated once? Correct me if I am wrong… but I honestly love that fact that you thought of me enough to nominate me. Means the world. Thank you sooo sooo much.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Daman

        January 24, 2018 at 7:11 am

        You are the already nominated because you so so deserves this ❤️ but you can write the answers to my questions in the same post.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Joseph Emerson

        January 24, 2018 at 7:16 am

        Ok that works !! Thanks for the idea. I was trying to think of a way to recognize you for nominating me and then I forgot to reply to you… My mind is whacked haha. I will get to this as soon as I can. Thanks again !!

        Liked by 1 person

  6. janowrite

    January 23, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Good one – loved the last line!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. lou rasmus

    January 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    ha. this has great rhythm and i like the turn it takes.. guess we shouldn’t judge on appearance

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joseph Emerson

      January 23, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Thanks. Yeah it was a true story. We were making up stories for people in the city and I started to really feel empathetic for this dude and next thing ya know a Chrysler 300 pulls up and he pulls out his iPhone and gets in the back seat. I was like… “Whoa, way off”


      • lou rasmus

        January 23, 2018 at 12:48 pm

        hahah yea that happens. you never really know i guess.. especially when looking homeless is sorta trendy right now

        Liked by 1 person

      • Joseph Emerson

        January 23, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Haha so true

        Liked by 1 person

  8. meow2

    January 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Uber line was the best part. Really good piece! Keep writing

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Bartek D

    February 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    You are an amazing writer. I know you have few nominations already, but anyway I would like to nominate you for the Liebster Award. Congratulations

    Liked by 2 people

    • Joseph Emerson

      February 1, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you so much. I need to catch up on these nominations… I’ve been swamped with work. I’ll try my darndest to check this out this weekend. Thanks again!! ✌️

      Liked by 2 people

  10. The Count Gustaf

    February 12, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Love this hahaha

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Ravisingh

    February 22, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Awesome post! i loved it,Joshep!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Ravisingh

    February 22, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    You are always welcome.
    Hv a great time!

    Liked by 2 people

  13. The Crazy Crone

    February 24, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Ali

    March 3, 2018 at 1:34 am

    You have great compassion. I hope you use it on yourself too.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Joseph Emerson

      March 3, 2018 at 6:01 am

      I’m my worst critic and I beat myself up a lot. But it’s fuel to the art so… Double edged I guess


      • Ali

        March 3, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        Well, just know that others would not judge you harshly. Feel the love.

        Liked by 1 person


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