Category Archives: homelessness

Down-town eastside

Winter is not the best time for those who live on the streets, cold, asking for help, out of work, each of them with a past we can only imagine … DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE the cellist on the corner draws circles … Continue reading

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Ain’t Nuttin’ To It

Given a sunny day, a bit of catchy music, and there’s a dancing man on a deserted patio, with friends to join the fun … AIN’T NUTTIN’ TO IT bag-eared king with white plastic throne                  bare-kneed shirt flapping plucks guitar-strings … Continue reading

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Homeless senryu

People on the street, homeless, jobless … how do they manage? Living in tents or shacks, wet, cold, hungry. The homeless are a real concern for me, for municipalities and, at last possibly, national politicians … loose change in his … Continue reading

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Considering Gifts

Choosing gifts for people can be a real headache: what do they like? what would they most appreciate? do they need clothes? want books? DVDs? the list of choices is endless … A CONSIDERING GIFTS shall I offer words hanging … Continue reading

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Ignorance

There are times when what I don’t know bothers me: my lack of experience, and naivety. All I can do is knit scarves for the homeless, give to the foodbank … make others aware … write about what I imagine … Continue reading

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Incomplete

We’re in the throes of writing cards and letters to loved ones far and near, connecting in thought and hope for them all. And then, I watch the news, read the paper, and am distressed by the contrast with the … Continue reading

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Homeless Haiku

November and the days are drawing in, it’s getting colder, and the homeless are watching for hot-air grates, dryer vents, to keep them warm. Shelters are filling up and all I can do is give to the local Food Bank … Continue reading

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The Address

I’m sure we’ve all seen sleeping bags under bridges, in culverts, people dossed down in doorways. Does giving money help? Or is a smile, a greeting, enough? Low-cost housing in every city on the continent would help … THE ADDRESS … Continue reading

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Day and Night

Thanksgiving comes up in ten days and I’ve been thinking about those who are homeless and hungry while I have so much. There’s so little I can do: give to the local Foodbank, knit scarves … A A DAY AND … Continue reading

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Not Known to Me

The other day I passed a man sitting, leaning against a garbage can, his dog wrapped in a blanket at his feet. I ask myself what I could have done? What could I do now? I know nothing of how … Continue reading

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