Welcome to Poetry.com

Poetry.com is a huge collection of poems from famous and amateur poets from around the world — collaboratively published by a community of authors and contributing editors.

Navigate through our poetry database by subjects, alphabetically or simply search by keywords. You can submit a new poem, discuss and rate existing work, listen to poems using voice pronunciation and even translate pieces to many common and not-so-common languages.

Rate this poem:(0.00 / 0 votes)


Phil Roberts 1957 (Melbourne)

Lost souls in the trials of life
Outside in Melbourne's winter,
Pulling up their ragged coats
To keep out the cold most bitter.

Lost souls overlooked by life
Overlooked by all but God,
Who stagger through the lonely streets
At a gentle, weary plod.

Lost souls no longer holding out
For succour from anyone,
Who meander through life's endless trials
Until their lives are done.

Lost souls pondering, pondering
Why they must live rough,
Lost souls wondering, wondering
Why life is so very tough.

Lost souls in Melbourne's streets
As winter never seems to end,
Springtime’s swallowed up in winter
As their hopes all break or bend.

The lost souls of Melbourne
Overlooked by nearly everyone,
Wonder through the freezing cold
Until their time is done.

Losers from the human race
No prizes for them are given,
Their hopes and dream and merriment
From their lives are riven.

Victims of the game of life
Wanderers fated to sorely lose,
Freezing in the open air, knowing,
“No news is ever good news.”

© Copyright 2021 Philip Roberts
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

About this poem

Another of my poems about the horrors of living outside in winter.

Font size:

Written on 2008

Submitted by PHIL_ROBERTS on July 18, 2021

55 sec read

Phil Roberts

I am 64 and loves cats, rock music, and horror fiction and poetry more…

All Phil Roberts poems | Phil Roberts Books

FAVORITE (3 fans)

Discuss this Phil Roberts poem with the community:



    Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:


    "LOST SOULS IN WINTER" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 19 Sep. 2021. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/105219/lost-souls-in-winter>.

    Become a member!

    Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

    Browse Poetry.com


    Are you a poetry master?

    Who wrote the poem "Fire And Ice"?
    • A. Robert Frost
    • B. Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • C. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • D. Edgar Allan Poe

    Our favorite collection of

    Famous Poets