Those Left To Mercy

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads, The Tuesday Platform

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
 ~ Nelson Mandela Day, July 18

It seems to be harder each week, to find the joy and tranquility of the simple act of living, when so many innocent people are suffering on a widespread and unprecedented scale. There seems no end to cruel and unusual acts of hatred and revenge. As poets, we are called upon to be the voices of our age: to offer commentary, bear witness, speak of hope, grief, and always to sound a call to arm ourselves, not with weapons, but words. I believe that here, in the Imaginary Garden, we are all in agreement that Life Matters, in every shape and form.

There is a homeless person camp here.
The city has many meetings
but no new shelters are built.
How does it happens? Fired,
can’t pay rent, no place
to go, and you
are homeless
just like
homeowners say.
They have to be moved.
Who are they? They are you.
Human beings in need of
food, clothing, shelter, kindness, not
another high-rise high-end building.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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11 Responses to Those Left To Mercy

  1. Too often you blame the one that’s not to blame, and maybe it’s fear of them being just like us that push for evicting… (though I would always prefer that they would be provided some kind of housing)

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  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    A too common tragedy, I suspect.

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  3. Kerry O'Connor says:

    Yes, indeed. In a world full of refugees of one kind or another, society cannot merely reject the homeless.

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  4. Kathleen says:

    Terrific! So clever.

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  5. Marian says:

    So true. So many meetings, so little progress. Here we’ve been housing the homeless in motels and that is really not the answer. So we must schedule more meetings to discuss the topic.

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  6. ihatepoetry says:

    Very compassionate write. Thanks.

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  7. Jim says:

    Sarah, I am glad you told those homeless folks’ story. A large town near us has passed city ordinances prohibiting anone sleeping in parks or on sidewalks or doorways, or the like. Then they tore down our homeless camp in the park by the library. No “grandfather’s rights” there.


  8. So so true…I live in Houston, the fourth largest city in the country. It is heartbreaking to see all the homeless. How we treat them is a reflection of who we are. So sad

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