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Just One More Runaway

Just One More Runaway

Seven times the hammer fell
life's hard knocks no pity
no help, no liberty bell
alone in cold cruel city

Rainbow fell soft that morn
cleansing rains splashed down
she crying with newborn
so far from her home town

City stared down, not a word
silence rules empty stage
their cries not ever heard
sad story, turn the page

News flashed, two found dead
mother, newborn -her son
a few sad words were said
then, " new circus will be fun"

Homelessness is a major social concern in the United States, and youth may be the age group most at risk of becoming homeless.1 The number of youth who have experienced homelessness varies depending on the age range, timeframe, and definition used, but sources estimate that between 500,000 and 2.8 million youth are homeless within the United States each year.2

Youth run away or are homeless for a range of reasons, but involvement in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and severe family conflict have all been found to be associated with youth becoming homeless. These youth are vulnerable to a range of negative experiences including exploitation and victimization. Runaway and homeless youth have high rates of involvement in the juvenile justice system, are more likely to engage in substance use and delinquent behavior, be teenage parents, drop out of school, suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, and meet the criteria for mental illness.3 Experiences of unaccompanied homeless youth are different from those who experience homelessness with their families. While negative experiences persist for youth who are homeless with their families, their experiences may not vary drastically from youth living in poverty.4 Studies have also found distinct variability in outcomes experienced by homeless youth, suggesting that youth experience homelessness differently........

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 9/9/2019 10:20:00 AM
This is a masterpiece. Your soul is palpable here, a great dish of lines my wonderful friend.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 9/9/2019 9:55:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Your kindness and comment are both truly appreciated.
Date: 9/8/2019 2:03:00 AM
A sad write dear Robert with a powerful message - our youth is vulnerable across planet earth and not much is really done about it - perhaps the problem could be handled differently - one child per family should be rewarded by the state! A thought provoked write my friend. Hugs, Jennifer.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 9/9/2019 9:54:00 PM
Thank you my friend. Always great to hear from you....
Date: 8/26/2019 5:51:00 AM
A serious affair indeed...must not be left unattended...A conscious write...Enjoyed it
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Robert Lindley
Date: 8/28/2019 5:26:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Child services protection in this nation is a failure. Often they are derelict in their duty and leave children in obviously abusive circumstances.
Date: 8/25/2019 9:13:00 PM
Powerfully penned Robert.
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Robert Lindley
Date: 8/28/2019 5:24:00 AM
Thank you friend. Truth is , for many children this is not a wonderful world.
Date: 8/25/2019 6:52:00 PM
A stark portrayal Robert. Families continue to disintegrate at a tragic pace. We had six foster children (several abused and malnourished) over a period of several years. All were so loving! We had Sherry for her first two birthdays. We often wonder how life turned out for them. Tale care . . . g
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Robert Lindley
Date: 8/28/2019 5:23:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Yes, this world is a dark place and often it is the children that are suffering so.
Date: 8/25/2019 4:28:00 PM
Powerful poem Robert and one about a sad truth, so many run away but do not realise the consequences...
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Robert Lindley
Date: 8/28/2019 5:22:00 AM
Thank you my friend. Sad that in this nation so many are runaways and so many are homeless.