Be Me Day After Day!

Is he less than YOUR pet? Yeah, he is! That's why HE is homeless!
Is he less than YOUR pet?
Yeah, he is! That’s why HE is homeless!

I long for warmth and a touch
from another human being.
I’ve been alone for far too long
and my humanity is fleeing.

I’ll soon be like an animal.
I’m headed down that route.
I’ve seen so many lose their mind
there go I, without a doubt.

But, I live just like an animal,
when I forage around for food,
and settle down in doorways.
In my pants, the shit has oozed.

I’ve not the niceties of life.
This is my reality.
Can you stomach what I do?
I’ve got no time for pleasantry.

Did you think I’d stay the same,
when I’m outdoors, night and day?
How would you feel if you were me,
just what would people say?

If I’m not human, neither are you,
when your pets are cared for more.
They’re not put out on the streets.
Nor are they ever shown the door.

Will you stop and just consider
that I shouldn’t live this way?
Can you imagine what it’s like
to be me, day after day?

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

Now, go and walk your dog, who is dressed to the nines in a cashmere sweater and with a cashmere scarf and ear muffs. And don’t forget to get your cat’s favorite food, Fancy Feast while some homeless ‘human’ is living worse than your pet! Ain’t we just the fucking bees knees????!!!!! By golly, we got our fucking priorities, oh yes we do!!!! Fifi must have the very best. Fuck the poor homeless ‘human’ souls! Oh, they’ll get by! For the love of …..!!!!!!!

What Are You Waiting For?


The jobs are never coming back.
So while you sit and wait,
the rich are loving life,
while you bemoan your fate.

They’re fracking in your yard.
The water’s not fit to drink.
Your food is processed junk.
And so into gloom, you sink.

A Shakespeare play, you live and breathe,
what will you give to Caesar?
When everything you own was sold,
and the bank declined your Visa?

Your world looks stark and bleak.
It’ seems you’ll lose your mind.
The bills are overdue.
And a job, you cannot find.

Too ashamed to ask for help,
you’ve reached your breaking point.
The loaded gun is in your mouth.
Oh yes, you hate to disappoint.

Your epitaph will say it all.
“He tried and somehow failed.
Did society kill this man?
Oh no! He gave up and he bailed!”

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

Who will make it into the headlines next? Who will be the next one to simply give up and give us another version of a ‘bailout’? Who will it be that either join the ranks of the homeless or will put a gun into their mouth? With suicides on the increase, how many more will commit suicide while waiting on the ‘leaders’ of this world to recognize that greed is leading us where no SANE person should ever be forced to go? There are those who are right now, teetering on the brink of committing suicide/homicide because they see no other way out. Many take entire families out before killing themselves because they feel that it is not in their families best interest to be left to plod along as they believe that ALL is hopeless. How many people have to die before the foolish leaders of this world recognize and realize that corporations have a strangle-hold on people, the world over and are using this leverage to deny jobs to older workers who are skilled but cannot find a job for the ‘life’ of them and are forcing young adults to work at minimum wage jobs with no benefits? What about those who have spent years in college and have amassed a mountain of debt in student loans and cannot find a job that will even begin to pay for those loans, much less keep a roof over their heads. This is the ‘new’ reality for many.

Many times, a number of accidents have to occur at a certain intersection or interstate junction resulting in death before steps will be taken to prevent further occurrences. Will this be the case with those who’ve lost it all? Will it take the suicide of a few hundred? A thousand? A million? Before we realize that we have a problem, a really BIG problem and to solve it, we need some BIG changes or else get reconciled to suicide becoming the new ‘bailout’! It has been said that people are a ‘slave’ to debt and though they ‘toil’ every day, they cannot seem to make it out of debt. This is by design and it will continue. Make no mistake. Many societies were built on the backs of slaves and as much as I could say that ‘what comes around goes around, even I am not THAT heartless! Is there really a difference, Prison Industrial Complex Slavery as opposed to Corporate Worker Slavery since we ‘toil’ to pay the corporations for the right to breathe, for the right to purchase and eat the Monsanto Corporation’s genetically modified trash. Either way you look at it, we are ALL in prison! Either we ‘toil’ or we die! You don’t have to actually ‘see’ the bars to know that you are indeed, in prison.

What are YOU waiting for?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which published its findings in the May 3 issue of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, more people died from suicide than from car accidents.
A recent report found that financially related suicides increased by 40 percent this year.
The stresses of recession and unemployment triggered by the global financial crash of 2008 led to a spike in suicides among men in Europe and North America.
Higher Numbers of Americans Take Their Lives than During the Depths of the Great Depression
Suicide rates are tied to the economy.

What are YOU waiting for? More proof?