22 April 2018

To See Hunger

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Finch and chickadees  by BS

        Only someone with middle class trappings asks if it’s better to have visible or invisible poverty.  Is it better to have visible or invisible disability?  Only the temporarily able would ask. The woman I interviewed had been all four, and she came down firmly on the side of visibility. “It’s a harder life for sure, but at least empathy and light came toward me. People fed or avoided me, and no one knocked me over.”  Would she go back to homelessness?  “Not if my life depended on it.”  Whenever she goes into the city, she buys an extra lunch to give away. 

Bird song brings blessings
to the little houses
with full birdfeeders.

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast  

1 comment:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I so resonate with this poem. It is difficult to have invisible disabilities for sure. Ack re her homelessness. I am glad she escaped it. That has to be the hardest life. I adore your haiku. It is so touching, the little birdhouses with full feeders. Happy birds.