what is our response as individuals and as a society to the homeless?

  1. agaglia profile image84
    agagliaposted 7 years ago

    I have wondered often and over many years what we do for and how we respond to the homeless in our midst.
    Here is a poem I wrote last year on that topic.
    Broadway Avenue Panhandler

    Misery gazed through beer-stained blur-
    Despair in faded jeans
    Enslaved by his habit; his outstretched claw
    Beseeched me donate to his cause.

    Desolation isn’t exclusive to North Minneapolis.
    Hungry & wanting lurk despondent along South Lyndale.
    Homeless stand shivering on freeway ramps
    And cruise the sordid streets of St. Paul

    A ghost begged another ride on his addiction
    His wretchedness reached out and slapped me lonely
    The squalid secrets of his torment
    Advertised like a porno movie.

    An apparition of journey’s end -
    The destination of a road not taken.
    His shabby figure beckons me consider -
    Where is my port of call?

    By Annette Gagliardi
    May 2008

  2. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
    GeneriqueMediaposted 7 years ago

    Beautiful poetry.

    To be honest, I've helped a lot of people on the street. Even in my yuppie-ridden enclave there's one or two young adults that are already homeless to some degree.

    It's sad.

    But just as I used to feed people through a Salvation Army soup kitchen, you quickly learn that it's usually a tragic downfall of the person themselves.

    This is not to say I don't have pity or empathy, because I assure you, I do. But I think having so much and losing it all really can make a better person in the end.

    Because...I almost lost myself to all of my demons.