Enfolding me in a warm embrace
Life was safe and happy and endless
But now I am afraid to live and face
Another day of scrounging for food
Or fighting for the spot that is safe
From the wind, rain, rats and roaches
How did I get to be in this place?
Will I ever forget the hard reproaches?
Or the beatings he mercilessly rains
How could you allow him to treat me in vain?
To wrench me from you my only haven
And cast me adrift in a sea of maelstrom
Now I’m free, yet not with you
Lost, searching in fear and blind view
Hope has ceased, there is no more wonder
Instead, needles, pain and soulful hunger
Oh where are you who was once my mother.
(C) Wendy Robinson May 2015 All rights reserved
I wrote this poem back in May 2015. It is to honour those who face the streets on a daily basis.
According to Homelessness Australia, over 105,000 people experience homelessness every single day/night in Australia and the major cause of homelessness is family and domestic violence, followed closely by financial difficulties.
Homelessness Week in Australia, which raises awareness of all those who experience this plight, was held between 1 to 7 August this year.
World Homeless Day was on 10 October 2016.
Sometimes things happen that makes no sense at all, you ask yourself how can another person wilfully hurt another. It is more a statement of disbelief than a question.
All we can hope for is that our collective voice against the inhumanity of the few and our universal desire to live in a compassionate filled world extinguish the fire of hatred others have spawned. Let us not forsake our humanity. ~ Dodinsky (In the Garden of Thoughts)
Disclaimer: All the above from photos have been garnered from the internet. My thanks go to the respective photographers.