Daily Prompt : Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind.
Image from Stephen DesRoches
The random word that came to mind was homeless. Above is the 11th image. Perhaps the word wasn’t all that random as I’ve been thinking about, worrying about the homeless people who found themselves hiding in a doorway or under a bridge, in a cardboard box in the path of hurricane Sandy. Obama, mayors, governors, emergency personnel are all telling everyone stay indoors! Go to higher ground! Do not take this storm lightly and so on.
But the homeless…what about them? They have nowhere to go hence the title homeless. They have no warm home to hide out in, no higher ground to get to even if they had money to do so.
I read a variety of posts on the internet the last few days; one post on Twitter stated they had seen a homeless man huddled in a doorway in Manhattan. They contacted 911 with the thought that emergency personnel would come and collect the man and bring him to a safe shelter. Two hours later however the man remained in the doorway.
Granted, some homeless wouldn’t want to leave what they consider to be a safe harbor from the storm. But some would. Certainly all should.
I worry about the homeless in weather like this. Then I am conscious of the homeless during the holidays. They are cold and hungry for certain. But isn’t it true these poor souls are hungry all the time? Not just on Thanksgiving or Christmas Day.
It bothers me that we see so many people (thinking celebrities) helping homeless people when its “fashionable” but what about the rest of the 363 days (exclude Thanksgiving and Christmas) for these homeless people?
Homeless people are homeless for a variety of reasons. I know some people believe it’s a choice to be homeless or not. But fact is in this economy it isn’t a choice one makes. It’s a choice handed them by the loss of a job, no money, no family or friends to help, etc. Yes, maybe a handful of homeless prefer that life but I do not believe it’s the majority.
Because these poor souls don’t have an address assigned to their name does not mean its ok to pretend they don’t exist–to not see them—to not afford them the same protection from the storm as taxpayers seem to expect.
Do you have any homeless people in your neighborhood? If you don’t think so, are you sure? Have you LOOKED at the people on the street, in the park, on the bus stop? Maybe they are homeless and you haven’t noticed.