warm safe clean dry healthy fed and free 

Somewhere, anywhere USA
vets from wars past and present still
sleep cold and wet on city streets, while,
on the radio, one vet explains that
the drop-in center offers understanding, vet-to-vet,
no conditions, no payments,
just simple needs met:
warm safe clean dry healthy fed and free.

Somewhere, anywhere USA
children’s eyes, haunted, tear-filled,
or shuttered, hard, blank – refugees from
family warfare
show up in schools and daycares and preschools,
in Laundromats, on street corners, riding buses (all night),
not even able to imagine
living
warm safe clean dry healthy fed and free.

Somewhere, anywhere USA
grieving mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers,
heartbroken grandmas,
worried friends
see
you, me, him, her,
stumbling through darkness, tormented by
ghosts and demons and loss, and
wish for / hope for / pray for
you, me, him, her
a place in life that could be
(if only we could touch one another,
hear one another, reach one another)
warm safe clean dry healthy fed and free.

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  1. Reblogged this on kennyturck and commented:
    Fragments…by my big sis!

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