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Served hot chocolate to the homeless tonight! It was pretty cool. It's great finding so many kind and genuine people forming their own community, surviving. It makes me want to do more to help them, especially after hearing so many stories and seeing how thankful they were for something as simple as something hot to drink. I will definitely be going back out with the street ministry group on campus.

I also started back up at [livejournal.com profile] 100poems. Life is a little bit crazy right now, in many good ways, but also a few more confusing ones that still need to work themselves out...

Anyways, poetry is a good way to get stuff out there, so... you all will now have the opportunity to read a daily poem of wildly varying quality for the next 100 days! No worries. I'll put it under a cut so it doesn't spam your flist.
(Also, don't worry if they're terribly emo. It isn't necessarily a reflection on my personal/current state-of-being.)

Day One, Poem 1/100 (Untitled)

I feel as though I've failed
Every time he's there beside me
Just by chance, by accident,
A meeting in the hallway
Eating lunch, indoors, outdoors,
And always I
I say nothing
Eyes averted
I am failing
The test is one of self-control,
My fear is my outspeaking -
A habit of saying, now I'm not saying
I feel as though I love...
He's there beside me
Just by chance, a meeting
And still I struggle to be true
(Truly I do)
As a friend might be
(To be a friend)
As a friend only
And to love more strongly than
A passing glance,
(Romance was never healthy, so they say)

I pray I haven't failed
I want to be unlonely
I want to honestly,
Steadfastly care, each time he's there
And just by chance, by accident,
By God, perhaps
By love,
Become his friend.

Date: 2010-02-19 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] primsong.livejournal.com
This is beautiful (((hugs)))

Was it a specific event or just going out randomly onto the streets and setting up a cocoa-booth of sorts?

Date: 2010-02-19 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everloyal.livejournal.com
They go out every Wednesday and Thursday night, everybody piles into a big van with a bunch of paper cups and those big coffee-thermos-pump things filled with hot chocolate.

We parked on the edge of Chinatown and hit the streets with about 15 people and 10 full thermoses. The leaders know where all the homeless hang out at the end of the day, along certain streets and bridges, we also walked up past Portland Rescue Mission half an hour before the doors opened for the night, so that was pretty packed.

It's good, though. It's amazing how much of a difference it can make in their day just to have someone stop by with a hot drink and kind conversation. Some of them had made friends with various students, and seemed to really be anticipating next week even as we were leaving.

So, yes and no? :)


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