Brandon is a poet. He’s also one of the people without homes that visits the Homeless in Seattle office in the Freemont neighborhood of Seattle. If anyone can tell a Street Story, it is one of the residents of the street. If you listen to one or two of them, you might make an amazing discovery.
They are just like some of us folk.
Some of Us Folk
Having to do without some stuff and things at times.
You can clearly see many of us folk walking about.
Strolling down a street or slowly crossing a corner,
where one is heading is any one’s guess,
I am not too concerned,
this and me are referred to as homeless.
Most of us men and women out here don’t really respect the word,
to be without a home seems pretty absurd.
Freedom to move and sight to observe any dwelling,
one may see a glimpse of human pragmatic emotion swelling.
What is obvious to us folk is as real as anything,
sometime we need a break like enjoying some flowers for the smelling.
The air is usually filled with voices of any number,
but most of us on the thin walk
often don’t need much words when time to talk.
Some of us folk are couples, others just alone
feeling connected we know our bodies to be a real home.
This type of living seems peculiar,
sustaining throughout the day to day,
no plan too big or small,
keeping a life simple is all.
We aren’t thinking of a vacuum,
not my fancy floor.
The way us folk do it,
often less becomes more.”
Thank you, Brandon.
You can read more of Brandon’s poems and stories about some of the other folks who live without homes on the Homeless in Seattle Facebook page.