Sleeping in doorways
Desperation overwhelms
Must be first within

Outside bright windows
Cardboard mattress keeps him warm
Held thick winter coats

Choosing homelessness
She walks into the sunset
Leaves it all behind

A series of haiku inspired while walking around Glasgow in the early morning.

It made me think of the different types of people who may be sleeping on the street, the contrast between those who choose to sleep rough for a night, those who have no choice, those who choose homelessness.

The last one was equally inspired by someone very dear to me, for whom the idea of homelessness was appealing, something I didn’t quite understand at the time.