Posted in Haiga, Haiku, Haiku Horizons Weekly Prompt, September 2014

An Empty Space?

Haiku about homelessness in Portland, OR
Original Poetry by Leona J. Atkinson ©2014
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Currently there are about 4000 people (men, women, children) who are homeless in Portland, OR.
News reports say the number of homeless children in the US is rising.
This poem was written to raise awareness of the Homelessness in Portland, OR.

Haiku Horizons Weekly Challenge:  Week #31–Prompt: Space


A born and raised Midwesterner who traveled to Oregon in 2006 via the Oregon Trail route, fell in love with Oregon and now call it home. I am retired and pursuing my life long dream of becoming a Freelance Inspirational Writer.

10 thoughts on “An Empty Space?

  1. In a country where we have so much, this is a sad, sad situation and as a Pastor of an outreach ministry, I have heard ALL the arguments, but when it comes down to it, and as we stand before our Redeemer, one question is what He will ask, “How did you (as an individual) love?” How we answer will be based on what we know of love. Were we motivated by a “feeling” of love, or by the circumstance demanding action, no matter how you felt. The more I mature in the Lord (I just turned 62 a month ago) the more I see so plainly the Scriptures definition of what REAL Love truly is and the “emotion” is only the world’s justification for their actions, or lack thereof. Too many Scriptures point out the fact that we are not to speak it in word only, but in deed and action. Not everyone can DO lots, but there is always something and if a person can’t do anything in the physical or material sense, there is ALWAYS the power of fervent prayer! I have taught for many years that what greater love than to spend time in prayer for strangers with no thought of any reward and especially when the time spent can not be recouped. I like to quote the Bible where it says, “Greater love as no one than they are willing to give their life for another.” (paraphrased) Everyone thinks that means to die for another and in the example of Christ it can mean that, but think of this, when you LIVE for someone, in other words, give them a portion of your life that can’t be regained, isn’t that giving your life for them also?
    Anyway, Sis, God bless you abundantly for your insight and compassion, we all need to take heed and see what part we can each do for our neighbors, whom Christ said to “love as ourselves.”

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