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Friday, 17 October 2008
Victoria homeless tent park
Topic: homeless

Its been way too long since I posted here, but HUZZAH!

Read this article:

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5ibuXoalQayTF8g2iDNA5n7AXXthw

A victory for the homeless in Victoria, although it would seem the city will enforce that the tents be down between 7 am and 9 pm.  Still, a victory.

I've slept in tent cities before and there is the constant harrassment from police, as well as the public's attitude to deal with. With the current economic crisis homelessness is on the rise.  Whole families sleeping in motels, cars or even outdoors.  Foreclosures on houses and evictions from apartments.  Perhaps this will draw closer attention to this issue.  If not that, then maybe the growing tent cities in our parks will.

 


Posted by irishcrows at 11:27 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 18 October 2008 10:40 PM EDT
Saturday, 27 January 2007
Division of weath
Topic: homeless

the continental divide

 

i've travelled the great divide

between misery and luxury

sidles down the side of rockies

into the state of despair

abandoned farms dotting the wyoming countryside

giving way to progress

and the vast reaches of corporate farms

free roaming ranges of sage and scrub brush

fenced in for the few

gashed by ashphalt and railway

 

there's money out there

i've seen it

in the lakeside cottages

that could house your family and mine

in the suv's that ignore me on the hgihway

in the gas that feeds those suv's

 

there's poverty out there too

i've seen it

slip through a town

and the homeless are there

scrabbling for a fix or a meal

the hate filled grafitti

that rises out of frustration and anger

neighborhoods that become nightime warzones

 

i've travelled the great divide

watched as with time it grows

and the middle fades

on one side the anger

the other insular greed

i await the end

the inevitable violence

and mourn the death of a dream

a dream to young to die

too tired to carry on

 

i've travelled the great divide

slid down into this state of sadness

 

and cried

 

© Michael MacKinnon, 01/12/2007

    irishcrows.lulu.com


Posted by irishcrows at 1:03 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 27 January 2007 1:03 PM EST

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