Lilac Inferno

The recent extreme cold in the United States has taken the lives of some homeless people, and pushed cities to enlarge their offerings to help the overall homeless population.

That 10 homeless people died in Chicago from this cold is deeply sad.

But it reminds me, and I hope to remind you, of the complexities of homelessness. Homelessness is not just the lack of a home; it is often part of serious medical issues, namely mental health and addiction. And often mental health and addiction are twin afflictions.

I don’t know what the answer is to this issue. I am hopeful that we can find a way to do better for our fellow human beings.

In the meantime, give to your local food bank, homeless shelter, or other assistance programs for those who are struggling with poverty and homelessness. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s better than nothing.

Distillation Of Solace

Burnt up lilac inferno blazes forest
Homeless wingers endeavor, build the new nest
Skyscape descends, inundates smoky ether
Nature in ashes.

Flame of anger perforates mental terrain
Ember notion revengeful, outlook sightless
Serene essence distillates sedate solace
Consciousness frozen.

January 29, 2019
Copyright © Subimal Sinha-Roy | Year Posted 2019