Posted in December 2019, Senryu, Syllable Lune

Gratefulness

Gingerbread House

Comforts

Of home

Allude

Many

Syllable Lune

As I sit on my cozy couch this chilly December morn, drinking coffee after a breakfast of my favorite toast and jelly, I am enjoying the warmth of the heat and the quiet ambiance of my surroundings, and I am grateful for all I have.

My thoughts turn to those who are homeless, in shelters, or victims of human trafficking and abuse, or others trapped in lives of stress or poverty. The many who don’t have the comforts of home.

I pray for them, and do what I can to help them.

As I sit quietly

In my home’s cozy corner

My prayers travel far

Senryu

This month I am an Advocate for Dressember which is an organization that raises awareness and funds to fight human trafficking and modern slavery worldwide.

If you would like to learn more about my campaign and/or donate to this worthy cause click this link https://www.dressember2019.org/fundraiser/leona-atkinson

Posted in April 2018, NaPoWriMo 2018, Senryu

RV Life

Homeless Campers, RVs, parked on city streets

Filled with hungry faces

Campers park on city streets

72 hour caravan site

Life’s harsh reality shows

Recreation is just a word

Senryu

Many Cities and Towns are facing a growing number of Homeless RV’ers


NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 4

Today, we challenge you to write a poem that is about something abstract – perhaps an ideal like “beauty” or “justice,” but which discusses or describes that abstraction in the form of relentlessly concrete nouns.

Adjectives are fine too! Concrete details like those can draw the reader in and let them imagine the real world where your abstract ideal or feeling happen

Posted in September 2016, Shadorma

Cast-Aways

Homeless woman
Left sitting,

Used, unwanted,

Rejected,

Abandoned.

Sitting like an old drink cup,

No one needs or notices 

Shadorma

(This poem was inspired as I was cleaning out the inside of my car. My grand-children often leave their empty soda cups behind after we have had lunch at a fast food restaurant.  Upon seeing these empty, used, un-wanted cups my mind thought of the great homeless problem the nearby city of Portland, OR is facing.  I hope this poem brings awareness to the ever growing problem of homelessness in Portland, OR. and that the link to the news story regarding the problem will be read by those who might be able to help in providing a solution some way.)

Portland’s Homeless Challenge-City Journal

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
(Photo courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignity_Village)


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