"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Without a home

Photo by Bing.com

Once in a while, during dark, snowy, cold Winter nights I think of them. As I snuggle safe in my bed surrounded by warmth and comfort I am visited by visions of those who are roaming the streets, seeking shelter under a bridge, with a newspaper for a blanket, in the company of despair. I am referring of course, to those we call “homeless.”

Perhaps because of my passionate love for my home, this particular issue strikes me quite hard. Fortunately, in the town where we live there are no homeless people. I only see them on the rare occasions when I visit New York City and this is one of the main reasons why I avoid going there. I feel guilty. I feel sad. I feel uncomfortable. I know it’s not my fault but as a person, as a human being, I can’t help but imagine myself or anyone I care for in that situation. The mere thought is horrifying. So, like most of us, I hurry past and avert my eyes. I don’t want to see their pain, whether “chosen” or caused by greater circumstances, but the visions stay with me and will surface at unexpected moments with startling clarity.

Last year during a trip to Northern Spain I was awoken by a sweet, haunting melody. I looked out my balcony and there he was. A young man, his flute, and his dogs. I was in awe of their beauty and their sad reality and I rushed through breakfast hoping to see him so I could give a donation, but by the time I left he had gone. I don’t have to look at the photograph I took to remember the scene. It just keeps coming back to me.

Spain 2009

Just the other day, while searching the web I discovered Kylyssa, a freelance writer/poet and former homeless person.  Kylyssa not only talks about her experiences, including her multiple rapes, but especially about those who helped her. It is because of these individuals that she never lost her faith in humanity. Her writings can be found at http://www.squidoo.com/inspire_by_homelessness

Kylyssa’s post reminded me of something I witnessed a couple of years ago while riding the subway in the City. It was a cold morning, the wagon was full and everyone had the closed guarded look of the typical city dwellers. I noticed a woman holding a backpack, she would open the zipper, peak inside and close it, she’d muttered to herself, then do it again. During one of the stops a young man walked in. His coat was shabby and dirty and he was very thin. He sat quietly, absorbed in deep thoughts. When it was time for the woman to alight and right before the doors opened, she approached the young man and handed him a dollar. I do believe that at that moment, time stopped briefly as he looked up surprised and uttered a muffled thank you. She just smiled and left. I held back tears, I knew in my heart I had witnessed something special. A rare moment when a perfect stranger shows the beauty of love and compassion.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Braided beauty

Long hair and braids...

Memories of innocence,

of long gone carefree days

Memories of yesteryear when I was a princess...

and my crown were the flowers in the garden.

Days when life was a bridge I longed to cross

and the wind, jealous of my joy, would untie those silk ribbons

and my hair escaped their braided prison making me feel adventurous and free.

I did cross that bridge and in the haste my braids were lost,

but I found them again when my daughter was born.

All photos by Weheartit.com and Bing Images

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Valentine's Wish

I wish you bluebirds in the Spring
to give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss,
but more than this
I wish you love.

And in July a lemonade
to cool you in some leafy glade
I wish you health,
and more than wealth
I wish you love

I wish you shelter from the storm
a cozy fire to keep you warm
And most of all when snowflakes fall,
I wish you love.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Photo by Weheartit.com
"I wish you love" English version written by Albert A Beach