A big concern in our modern-day world is the amount of people now homeless, and sleeping rough on our streets. This is also emphasised even more as we see the mass displacement of people (whole families) who are being driven from their homelands because of war, or persecution of their religion. Who are then herded together like animals in disgraceful camps and forgotten about once the news headlines die down.
Today I want to bring the plight of Homelessness a little closer to home.
In my own home town here in England, the numbers of people sleeping rough have risen considerably. For those of you who are not familiar with a blog called Gallybloggers. This is a site set up by Dewin Nefol where you can also see his beautiful digital art creations.
I hope you will go and read more poems written by those homeless souls, which are submitted and presented by Dewin on the blog he created at Gallybloggers especially to bring awareness to their plight in sharing their poems and thoughts. Dewin, whose home town is in Wales, reaches out to support these individuals, bringing awareness of those who are in need. These are also proud and independent, intelligent people, whose lives have become a product of circumstance.
I want you, just for a moment to think, what kind of stories have driven a person to live on the streets, to weather the storms, not only of wind, rain, bitter cold and snow. But the storms we who pass them by vent upon them. In our verbal abuse,violence, or by our lack of compassion, and our ignorance, as we pass them by trying to ignore their existence..
The World is filling up more and more with Homelessness, and for many that may mean just one pay-packet away from eviction of your own nice dwellings. There for the Grace of our Circumstances we all could walk in the shoes of Sole Man, a homeless person whose poetry hits a nerve in his poem DeadBeat.
Have you ever stopped to consider the back story of these homeless people, and why they found themselves upon the streets?. Have you ever thought, that they may have been once an educated teacher, in business, or a talented musician, an artist, a soldier, or an abused youngster, and why they now live as they do.
I hope as you walk about your own towns and cities, and you come across a homeless person living rough on the streets, you do not walk on by. I hope you will Stop! Consider his or her back story and circumstance and instead of walking on, reach out a helping hand and SEE the person in front of you.
© 2017, Sue Dreamwalker