Posted in September 2018, Syllabic Verse

Homelessness/Hopelessness

Homeless women sitting alone on a city sidewalk

I sit alone

Watching the world

Passing me by

Wondering why

Syllabic Verse

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 Acrostic, Holiday, November 2013, November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2013

November’s New Traditions

Become quite a special day
Lasting longer each year
All those bargains are waiting
Commercials tell us loud and clear
Kick the Thanksgiving Day tradition
Forget family values held dear
Rise early or shop late
Ignore staying home with family near
December’s big day is coming
And shopping days are few we hear
Yes! Today we can shop and save
Such awesome deals will appear
All across town the stores are open
Let’s give thanks as we all cheer
Embracing commercialism
Society succumbs without a tear

Acrostic
Leona J. Atkinson  11-29-13