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Now that spring is here, the homeless shelters are closing for the season. 

With nowhere to go, the forgotten folk hit the road.  They trickle through my little town – nestled between the Interstate and the Lincoln Highway – and find that the off-ramp is the best place to find a kind heart willing to give money or food.

This is a huge problem for my little ‘burg.  It bothers the community leaders – the developers – the businessmen. 

Which petty official peeked into the woods and saw the tarps?  And where was the spirit of mercy when the chainsaws arrived?

safety's sake haiga

for safety’s sake
the woodlands were flattened –

He weeps

Lyrics

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #45
Beatitudes

Adding my favorite Utah Phillips story again – (2:18)

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50 thoughts on “for safety’s sake (haibun)

    • And the man who lived here in this patch of woods — he’s now wandering in other places and appears in “Four Years” (bioli) and “Owen” (girlgoyle).
      Homeless people? Terrifying! Dangerous!
      Everybody and their brother having a gun? No worries!
      Sad. Terrifying.

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  1. A similar thing happened in Missouri shortly before we moved. The folks were chased out of the area but the trees were left standing. Citizens did not want ‘those people’ near their homes. Folks would oppose homeless shelters, transition homes, etc for the same reason.

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  2. What a brutal world we live in . Beatitudes and compassion are unknown to most people. This is just the way it is..
    Back to the jungle…..survival of the fittest. However there will be consequences…bad ones for us all!

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  3. It amazes me that so many officials have no hearts whatsoever when it comes to the plight of the homeless. Our homeless are moving on to cooler weather now that it is getting hot here, but it would be so much better if we could do something as a society to help them get back on their feet if they are capable. A bit of compassion can go a long way. Great post Jen.

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  4. To what lengths we go to keep the status-quo in place! This seems to be the emblem of our western civilization “of all men are equal but some are more equal than others” .. we’d destroy a forest to hound out the ‘unproductive’ including those pesky birds and the rest of nature. So sad.

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