Street Dwellers and Food Scavenged

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

Street child, street family, street home
without toilet, kitchen, water and school.
They sleep on the street with thrown away boxes
which in the nights they fold as their beds.

Food, where to find when there’s no work
no peso or dime; as the tummies scream
they collect food from garbage sites
where McDonalds and Jollibee Food shops,
throw their food garbage in the nights.

Street child, street father or street mother,
street sister or street brother go out
as thief in the night,collect garbage food
from these garbage sites; boil them in metal cans
on the secret corner of the street and with the
light flame of fire which boils this recycled food,
they feel assured it is safe
to swallow this food from a garbage can.

Elizabeth Padillo Olesen
July 30, 2013, after an interview with some street dwellers in Cebu City, Philippines


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