Friday, June 10, 2011

The Street Singer

The Street Singer

I'm standing here with  my cap in hand 
Singing for people all over this  land.
A thousand songs I know, or more,  
So throw me a shilling ,
I'll sing you a score.

Not for me a band to play,
 For I am singing 
Through towns everyday 
No hotels,no bed to lay,not enough money,
 To make my way 
People smile as they pass on by, 
They sometimes ask me the reason Why ?
I'm not a star on a Broadway show 
Or on TV I will never go.

For a smile is enough from a passer by, 
The street is my stage and my light the sky.  
I am not well dressed as you can see,
But I will sing you a song 
Even for free!

Submitted to dVerse Poets  Open link Night 


  1. Tugs my heart. We have a number of street singers in here, most are blind, hoping that passersby drop a coin in their cans. This is a great write. Peace and blessings to you :)

  2. We get street singers a lot in Wexford its a great area for music and we have an opera festival which is every year. The whole town hums with all types of music.

  3. Lyrical poetry with touching thoughts, a true bard. I am glad to read your words ~ Rose

  4. oh nice - i love street musicians and your poem sings a song of his own...lovely

  5. I love buskers - they seem so gutsy and free. Your poem captures that essence very nicely.

  6. Hey you paint a great picture here Art and expression for the love of it - what a fine message - nice job

  7. clink...theres a little silver in your case sir...thanks for singing us a street singers personally...

  8. Wonderful capture of street musicians, most can be such fun to listen and watch, great song appeal to your piece too.

  9. That is the very best kind of singing, for no other reason than for the love of it, and for sharing. And I imagine the ones in Ireland are the most passionate.

    Liked this a lot.

  10. Lovely poem, though London buskers aren't always as generous as in your writing. Great job!

  11. Amateurs are lovers; this reminded me of the Washington Post article about Joshua Bell playing in the Metro. We don't often appreciate the gifts we are given.


All comments appreciated ...thank you Ken