In Seattle

When the viaduct was removed in Seattle

homeless camps lost protection

from rains that always come

wet gear sends cold to the bone

try to stay dry and warm

tent after tent along the freeway

garbage thrown here and there

or burned in a campfire

this will be my last winter here you say

waiting for spring you say

always waiting for spring

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dVerse prompt “less is more” and my choice of the word homeless.  Homelessness in Seattle is growing with more tents along the I-5 going past downtown.  I was amazed at the extent of it this past summer (more than I had ever seen).

In Seattle

5 thoughts on “In Seattle

  1. Those last three lines really pierced my heart. Homelessness is growing here, too – though our winters at least are not quite as bad as yours. So many needless deaths. Thank you for this powerful piece.

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  2. Beverly Crawford says:

    Drab and dreary, leaves the heart weary, knowing cities must do more to address the homeless situation … and yet we drive heedlessly by.

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