Seattle, Station 10:
2nd and Yesler, the heart of "Skid Row".
Jerusalem, Station 10:
Jesus is stripped of his garments.
The public image of homeless people as derelicts
continues to sabotage efforts of men, women and children in poverty to improve their
lives. The city's Safe Harbors computerized tracking system threatens further to strip
homeless people of their precious privacy, dignity, and identity.
Two poems I wrote when newly homeless.
I am become
The ones I tried to get by on the street
clinging to the
margins of the middle class
Who ever has spare change?
There are too many
I can't fix it
don't make me feel
Now I live it
And it is much simpler now
it takes so little
what's right in
front of you
Which is good
because I have
But now I can touch the faceless ones
And I own
the invisible side of the street
My life is a hollow unhallowed
is Second Avenue between James and Yesler
one-o-clock in the morning
November and not even Thanksgiving
in a long slow rain
have been stored in an unaired locker
for too long
My muscles haven't been
My body is become
a dragon curls