Champagne Bubblee, aka Mr Milise, shares excerpts from his poem ‘Roofless’, about the struggles that the homeless have to endure…
“Head hanging with a heavy heart and hurt in your soul. Braving the cold in shoes with holes in the soles. Has anybody listened to the stories you’ve told? You sleep THERE every night, the streets ain’t paved with gold.”
These are the opening lines from a poem I wrote about Homelessness called ‘Roofless’.
The title is a play on words, as the piece offers an insight into the ruthless world of those living on the streets of our county.
I often research a subject matter before I put pen to paper when writing.
It helps to build a realistic picture for the reader/listener and in this particular case I found that areas such as relationship breakdown, domestic abuse, adverse childhood experiences, intergenerational trauma, substance abuse, low level offending cycles and mental health problems can ALL contribute to making individuals homeless.
Add a severe lack of affordable housing across the country and you begin to understand why “rough sleeping” is on the rise.
I talk about some of these issues in an excerpt of “Roofless” here: “Nobody ever asked you, how did you get here? They look down and walk past, go home and forget-ish! Like you never existed! Didn’t care that you were in care as a kid. Never knew that your Dad went down for a six, when you were six. And it turned your Mum into an alcoholic. Or that she attempted suicide and nearly died from taking tablets. Or that she moved her Boyfriend in who’d rather kick you than kick a crack habit! Now that’s damage…You knew more about class A’s than getting A’s in class. Lost your childhood ‘cos you were raised too fast!”
With unemployment on the rise, increasing poverty levels and winter on its way we will no doubt see the deep impact that Covid-19 has had on the homeless community.
We often have different ideas as to why many are in such circumstances without asking questions.
Recently I’ve teamed up with local grassroots charities and they demonstrated how they help those struggling with isolation, poverty, unemployment, hunger and mental health issues, “seven days a week”.
The people they help form part of a much wider picture. We are all experiencing difficult times at present, but if you are reading this in a place that is warm, if you are sheltered with a hot drink
and a full stomach, then I’m appealing to you to spare a thought for those less fortunate in these especially difficult times.
We recently raised £1,300 to help local charities that
support rough sleepers.
Search GoFundMe to read about our Hope For The Homeless fundraising campaign.
Let’s look at ways to improve the circumstances of the vulnerable this winter.
“We don’t need to have deep pockets or be rich to help the needy, the poor and the hungry. We just need to have a heart” – Kevin Dcruz.
Roofless is available on all digital platforms December 1st. Quinton teaches poetry and creative writing online. Follow Quinton on Instagram @champagne_bubbler and @whoismrmilise. Follow Mr Milise on Spotify