Participation was dramatically lower, with only 16 comments on LiveJournal and 24 on Dreamwidth. A total of 16 people sent prompts. Please welcome new prompter cflute.
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The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "Through Infirmity of the Flesh" is the free epic. That's the second tally for the $250 goal.
The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
The first solution to homelessness is simply to put people in homes. Society needs to guarantee people a place to stay, if it doesn't want them camping out and perhaps freezing to death. Shelters don't count, and neither does any other kind of monitored living. Those interventions drive people away from help. They need their own apartment or house with the same freedoms and dignities as everyone else.
The second main thing the homeless need is income. That means jobs for those who can work, which is a lot of them; or some kind of public assistance for those who can't work. This is much cheaper than leaving them on the street to subsist through begging, stealing, or emergency services.
The third thing they need is resources. That includes everything from supplies to health care. Most homeless aid focuses on very small, short-term things like food or emergency medical care. That might keep people from dying right in front of you but it does not solve the problem. You have to make it possible for them to build up the components of a healthy life.
And you have to do all this in ways that the homeless population will find attractive because it meets their needs, and not shy away from due to strings attached. People don't risk death from exposure for no reason. If they're sleeping in the snow, it is because there are not enough shelters and/or those places are literally worse than death.
It's something I write about, periodically, because some of my characters are homeless. Danso and his family were homeless for months. Turq has been on the street even longer, and it's hard for him to accept help even when the offerings are safe and not judgmental. So I keep an eye out for ways to address these kinds of problems. How do you meet the emergency needs, how do you give people a route back into society, how do you get people back into homes, and especially how do you fix the root causes that drive people into homelessness in the first place? Solutions exist, a few places are using them, but most just can't be arsed.
Earlier I saw a squirrel with a nut in his mouth, running around trying to find a place to plant it. That was adorable. We got a little rain last night, so the ground is slightly softer today but not by much.
Round two: I planted 10 Grecian Windflowers in the wildflower garden.
We are likely to get more rain tonight, so that's promising for soil texture.
I was planning to put out the Minnow daffodils too, but the ground is hard and dry. As we have several chances for rain later in the week, I'm hoping some of that will materialize to soften the soil.
What good news have you had recently?
I have a linkback poem, "E Meglio Star Solo" (14 verses, Fiorenza the Wisewoman).
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts. I am now.) Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog.
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