Saturday, March 7, 2020

Welcome to Cardboard Town

Seattle’s homeless shelter and service center opens
Seattle

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.



Winnipeg Canada



The underlined words came from Wednesday Words in 2014, a writer's challenge started by Delores at her defunct site. She is a clever woman, good writer, who tired of computer battles.


45 comments:

  1. Reminds me of an actual thing here right now. I saw on the news where they are trying to get homeless people to move out of a local park but the law said they could stay, so instead of hiding in the woods they have built cardboard homes. Maybe the story will bring relief to everyone in One Way or Another.

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    1. One can hope. In Chicago there were homeless under unused overpasses. Cars passed by the tents and boxes. I asked about winter and my son didn't know.

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  2. Words for Wednesday was/is an inspired meme isn't it? I am blown away each and every week at the different directions the same prompts take us.

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    1. W.W. is truly inspiring. I have fun with the words.

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  3. This just goes to show they would live in a home if they had one. Can we not build simple homes? Cubicles in a now unused building?

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    1. Individual shelters and portable buildings that can be moved from place to place are becoming more available.

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  4. Sobering! Nevertheless, now I'm feeling the urge to go scrub my hands. Having hot running water at my disposal 24/7 has me feeling mighty blessed.

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  5. Heartbreaking. Many of the homeless are families who have been thrown out of their homes because of gentrification and are just too poor to pay those high rents.

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    1. Here in San Diego where our climate is milder, care for the homeless is overstretched. Too many are veterans of all ages and generations are homeless.

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  6. Surely we are better than this to let such suffering go on and on. Sandi has a good point.

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    1. Funding comes from either state or federal gov't services How it is used is in question.

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  7. Homelessness is terrible and heartbreaking. Thanks for sharing this. Awareness is the first step in trying to make things better.

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    1. Being aware and then doing something are essential.

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  8. That's such a sad situation.

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    1. In some cities, homelessness is a true problem. Right now San Francisco, it is a desperate place.

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  9. I wish there was no need anywhere for places such as Cardboard Towns.

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  10. Sad ... as we look the other way!

    God bless.

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    1. I am as guilty as you say. Giving money, providing food is about all I can do by myself.

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  11. Very sad, will they ever find a solution. I don't think people care. Dublin and Galway, the two big cities, have a homeless problem and the government seems to always say, "we're working on the problem" but it still seems that nothing is being done as the years pass by.

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    1. Ireland's homeless would be in desperate trouble.

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  12. Sad state of affairs that given the right turn of events anyone can end up in.

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    1. That is what is so scary: being without a home due to losing a job, loss of income. It can happen to everyone.

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  13. Seattle was the first city where I ever saw homelessness. I also saw some of the homeless looked and acted like they needed to be in psychiatric hospitals. It really struck me because I had never seen this before. I haven't seen it since, either, even though I know there are homeless here in Wichita. In Seattle, they were EVERYWHERE I went downtown.

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    1. Mental illnesses of all sorts are a huge problem. Seattle homeless numbers are huge.

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  14. We need tiny housing here. I’m starting to see homeless women and men walking the backroads here.
    They see temporary shelter in abandoned houses, barns, and trailers.
    It is sad.

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  15. You chose a very sad subject to use the choice words in, but did a good job of it. It is an area that needs some WISE leaders to address and solve it. IF THAT IS POSSIBLE.

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    1. Leaders have to step up to this travesty. Communities and churches are already providing shelter and food.

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  16. And the problem is only getting worse.

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  17. I look out into the wooded areas along the roads here and see tarp houses and cardboard houses. It’s sad but we have a homeless shelter they can get a warm meal and a place to sleep.
    Lisa

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    1. Churches have brought in services for showers and clean clothing for homeless.

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  18. On side we have science and all the conveniences associated with it. And on the other side we have this, the world of depravity. A sad fact of the world that we live in.

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    1. Depravity is a good word. Watching award shows where celebrities are decked out in clothes and jewelry makes me wonder where there money could have gone instead?

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  19. It defies belief almost that in advanced western democracies in the twenty-first century we have not been able to solve the problem of homelessness.

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  20. Dear Susan, six years have passed since the words and the poem were written that prompted a poem on the immorality of homelessness. Six years and I wonder if anything has changed. In a country of such wealth--albeit mostly in the hands of the 1%, which is, in itself, another immorality--how can such conditions exist? Are we not our brother's keeper? People rattle on about this being a Christian country. Yet homelessness is proof that while we talk the talk, we don't walk the walk of any spiritual tradition. Well, I'm ranting. I wish you peace and for our country I wish for a wake-up call to action.

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    1. I think much of the problem is the lack of community in larger towns. We ourselves could be homeless for a variety of reason.

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  21. The mere fact that a cardboard box can serve as a home speaks to a basic human need. Humble though it may be, it's a small piece of dignity.

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    1. Holding on to dignity in such a life is beyond the How of life.

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  22. Cardboard town is the saddest sight/site I have ever seen.

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  23. The homeless here used to be under some of the overpasses, so the city fenced the areas to keep them out. It is so difficult, as many of them don't want to get off the streets even if they have a place to go.

    Making it worse are those who pretend to be homeless and beg, but actually have their cars parked nearby and they do it just to make extra money they don't have to pay tax on. Shameful.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!