Beyond Salvation

he shivered and shook 
nearly naked and broke
surviving the streets in the dead of winter

he pleaded and begged 
desperate for food and a bed
with ice in their hearts they turned him away

salvation came once and awhile
soup kitchens, churches, charitable smiles
a simple dream to live a few more hours

found in the back of stores
sleeping in garbage on back alley floors
every sunrise a miracle

he faded and walked into the light
guardian angels offering new life
his prayers finally answered

since that day he helps his brothers
he feeds them and gives them shelter
he knows they earned another chance