Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday Words: Cardboard Town

Source: www.tomtodideas.org
Cardboard Town
Where the bounced are trounced

The in-flamed are out-flamed.

Variety of rich to poor,
Poor to beyond poor.

Raspberry, Blackberry,

Gangrene black
Creep and seep

Down and up,
up and down.

All in Cardboard Town.

Cardboard shanty
www.housethehomeless.org

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    1. it happens too often. In Tijuana, which is about 40 miles away, many cardboard box "towns" exist,.

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  2. Well the cat would like cardboard town, sucks people actually have to live such a way

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    1. Cats do enjoy the boxes while humans--not so much.

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  3. Very nice post. Sometimes I forget how much suffering there is around the world. The news blasts so much negativity, I tend to drown it all out. It's posts like this that bring me back a little bit, help remind me that suffering like this is really out there even though I don't see it day-to-day in my semi-suburban bubble.

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    1. I think everyone closes their eyes and block out the horror of these lives. I know I do.

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  4. Oh Susan. This reminds me of something I had carefully pushed to the back of my mind. Years back, going past a cardboard city in India I watched a woman carefully sweep the floor of her cardboard castle with a home-made dustpan and brush (pan another sheet of cardboard, and brush carefully bundled leaves). And her house proud ways hurt my heart. She had so little, and was proud of it and cherished it.

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    1. Oh Sue! I push my memories of the poverty of Tijuana, Mexico, where a cardboard town is at the far edge of an already poor down.

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  5. This is really sad. I read in the paper a group of doctors and lawyers had to make a cardboard town with the crash of the ecnonomy. Between rise of insurance and less money, there were left with very little.

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    1. When the educated elite are forced there, what needs to happen? Change needs to happen, and not the kind we were promised.

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  6. I like this a lot! It's so very descriptive of the way some people are forced to live, often through no fault of their own.
    The top image brings back memories, we moved house once when our youngest had just learned to crawl and as we emptied each large box we opened the other end and laid them along the grass like a tunnel for all the kids to crawl through and generally have a great time for about a week until they disintegrated one night when it rained.

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    1. Since we live in So Calif, we see these towns out in the "sage brush" areas, as well as in poorer parts of town.

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  7. Florida's got quite a few of those. Some in the public parks. It's gut-wrenching there, worse for those up north (or in another cold state).

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    1. There are so many empty out of business big stores. They would be ideal shelters with some $$ and work to create individual space. $$ is the real issue.

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