at home with homeless

 

ask a homeless person
what is home to you?

ideally, it’s a safe place
comfortable and pleasant
my sanctuary from the world
where people love you…family

home is peace, not just a roof
maybe a tent on an ocean beach
even a sleeping bag under a bridge
anywhere you lay your head to rest

people look right past me
have you ever felt invisible?

after mom died, no family left
now depend on disability checks
you know how VA ignores veterans
no shelters for people with pets

self-medicating mental illness
spent rent money on crack
nobody will hire an ex-convict
hard when you lose everything

maybe we’re all homeless
looking for the key to security

 

 


Inspired by documentary, “Signs of Humanity” (2016) available on amazon.com based on artist Willie Baronet’s coast to coast trip to collect (buy) signs from homeless people for his “We Are All Homeless” art exhibits.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. msjadeli
    Jan 12, 2020 @ 16:42:13

    The only home anyone can say they have with certainty is Planet Earth. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jan 11, 2020 @ 15:23:30

    I find that there are so many reason people are homeless, but the common denominator is that they are made invisible.

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  3. Beverly Crawford
    Jan 10, 2020 @ 17:18:26

    Poignant and all too true for many.

    Reply

  4. sanaarizvi
    Jan 10, 2020 @ 12:05:38

    Sometimes we forget that we are blessed with so much … I am humbled by this poem. Thank you for writing 💝

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  5. Frank Hubeny
    Jan 09, 2020 @ 21:29:50

    I like the last two lines about all of us being homeless looking for security.

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  6. Grace
    Jan 09, 2020 @ 20:52:33

    I see them around the subway and city stops. It is really difficult to find that peace when one is being treated as invisible.

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  7. Arcadia (@MissArcadia)
    Jan 09, 2020 @ 18:08:59

    Great poem. Compelling words and great descriptions of sad truths.

    Reply

  8. calmkate
    Jan 07, 2020 @ 16:43:01

    we may all be looking for security but being truly homeless with no safe shelter to sleep is a very frightening matter!

    Reply

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