In wealthy nations such as Canada homelessness has been with us for quite a while. It is an invisible problem to many but not to those on 10-year waiting lists for an affordable apartment or room.

How did we get here? We still trust that a market economy will do what is right while ignoring unemployment, wages that do not cover basic food and shelter, and inadequate stocks of affordable housing. Belief in the wisdom of the marketplace has led us to blame individuals for their misfortune and to neglect community responsibility.

Another issue has reared its head: statelessness. Millions of people across the globe flee war and natural disasters. Again we are challenged to consider our responsiblity for the basic needs of human beings in our midst.


moving from place to place

with no fixed address

invisible souls

in this broken society

only an old myth matters


In the rural county where I live I have noticed an increasing attention to the plight of people without shelter. A landowner who invited a couple in need to live in a trailer on his land found himself helping out more people. He is now in trouble with the municipality as trailers he set up on his property violate zoning bylaws.


hidden survivors

like ants under a boulder

their lives unknown


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Reflections about a cause for Haikai Challenge #48 Causes

late summer, autumn near

Anise Hyssop, August 19, 2018, 10 am


late August mornings

the weight of exhausting heat

no longer deters

sleep-ins, strolling out at nine

in soft zephyrs, dewy light


In late summer the pressure to get out to the garden before 8 a.m. is easing up. It is still cool enough to harvest and tidy after 9.

A tanka for Haikai Challenge #47, autumn near.

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Queensway moose

Moose on my bedroom wall


filtered light

the moose on my bedroom wall

alive in the woods

the Queensway moose, his life

taken for losing his way


The story behind this short poem can be found here. A one-line preview is that a moose on a city highway was shot ‘for public safety’.

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