Homeless: Apostate (a poem against injustice)

I’ve been reeling at what has been happening to the homeless population of Salt Lake City. Many privileged citizens are refusing to show empathy, compassion, and understanding. I know homelessness is a contentious subject, but I am shocked that Christian communities are viciously declaring war against the poor. I could go on but I will not. I wrote this poem as activism and to show that people still care. I can not do much, but I am not turning a blind eye.

Here are links to do your own research and draw your own conclusions: https://www.ksl.com/?sid=43689009&nid=148

http://www.sltrib.com/news/5122365-155/most-utahns-dont-know-a-homeless

http://www.sltrib.com/home/5116759-155/draper-city-homeless-shelter-open-house

The words aren’t good enough
homeless equals apostate

life poverty unforgiven
it cuts

stricken

remember the rogue
broke
broken

hunger

eat nothing all day
starve starving starvation
and stomach knife pang

to feel hated
unwanted
experiencing everything sad

the homeless are yesterday’s trash
alienated and dislocated
commoditized for disposal
no one cares no one
will shelter apostate homeless

isolation cutthroat economics

punishment

feed the hungry please poor Christians
embrace your apostate

or feed the hunger

dislocate a hunger hurts

most of them are families
kids
broken hearted

you wouldn’t let them
in your temple.

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One thought on “Homeless: Apostate (a poem against injustice)

  1. well writ with your keen-eye of empathic-wit running through it

    Society cares about the individual only in so far as he is profitable. The young know this. Their anxiety as they enter in upon social life matches the anguish of the old as they are excluded from it.
    — Simone de Beauvoir

    There are three requirements for making a “good citizen” – that they have productive work, that they have a proper home and that they have hope for the future…

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