Wednesday, October 24, 2007

the homeless begging Place


the homeless begging Place, originally uploaded by freestone.

the homeless begging Place
Here down the street from where I live, is a stoplight that lasts a long
while per turn, and here a group of homeless people make this here spot their begging place, i.e....."work for food". i walk by here a lot and see pitched food and trash. Money and maybe for drink, the Staff of life. Usually one person stands there and other sit by the abandoned building nearby, then they take turns.
a group of men, they are buddies, maybe closer in friendship than of many "succesful" men have today. often "Drink" is the bond and
once I nearly warned a young man who i sensed was new to this, to warn him that as he is with these men for a while he will become like them and just as the sign language people often never want to be cured of deafness as they want the CULTURE more than any "cure", once you sign up, it might be for life.

Just think: no taxes, no child support, no boss to tell ya what to do, and you have buddies and drink.

problem is....I see very very few "poets" amidst the homeless. they all look "anti-social' and angry. I can feel why their anger too, as often they have to deal with the ropes, lets alone strings attached, with any help given to them! basicly society wants to make them "normal" and Domesticated! no drink. no rowdyness. no help for the Demons of vietnam either.

So here is a section of a "I am a homeless vet" sign, pitched into the trash.

Once i saw a lady in a nice car slip a man a $5 bill. Suddenly i see the Real Service that these homeless beggers do, I read once that around gainesville, florida, on the interstate ramps, nearby, the average "income" from begging is about $20,000 to $40,000 a year!!
far far FAR more than I ever made in a year!
the Service?
---Guilt-reducing!
people who feel guilty for having a nice house and a good job, give and give. people who feel that they do not deserve such a good life.
they feel better for Giving, often even as this money goes directly to Drink.

and...will these men "police the area" of the trash, the 100 bits of litter, even as there is a dumpster 50 feet away?! NO! then they will blame the pig-police for arresting them or driving them off, as the city declares this spot a health hazard! blame everyone but themselves!

no pictures of themen, even as I got this picture, a man came up to me, a man with a face of many fist-fights, to comment upon his plight.

Uploaded by freestone on 20 Sep 07, 6.06PM EDT.

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