The first image is a haunting photo of a former homeless man, Rodney Derr; it is from John Decker’s Photo Essay “Living in the Streets” © 1994. The next ten images show some lost souls who have been forced to live on the streets of New York City. The last photo is a homeless group camped out on the streets of Los Angeles. Apparently, we've succeeded in spreading our national shame coast to coast!
Lost or Abandoned?
Man's greatest Failure, I suspect,
Are Lives tossed out; the Wretched wrecked;
Ex-Wives, no Homes, lost Self-respect,
Just Hopelessness, benign Neglect;
Damned, residential Disconnect!
Strange Folks who’d sleep on any Street,
Don’t stand a Chance or can’t compete;
They'll hustle Change; implore, entreat,
Then buy more Wine; beg Scraps to eat;
Poor Souls, alone, so incomplete!
Uncaring Apathy might show,
That Selfishness and Cruelty grow,
Bring Misery to Streets of Woe;
The awful Thing, I’ve come to know,
"Are we our Brother’s Keeper? No!”
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Howard B. Eskin 1999