I saw my first homeless person in December 1981, 35 years ago.
I shot this video on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
View at full screen, if you can.
Most people consider a sight an elderly man shoving a cart of wet
belongings in a drenching rain normal.
They want to live like this, we say.
The State Hospitals were so much worse, we say.
It’s too expensive to fix, we say.
Think of all the lies we have to tell ourselves
to make the daily sight of human suffering
Then remember that all of it is the result of our vote.
Tin can at my feet
Think I’ll kick it down the street
That’s the way to treat a friend
The video is made from photographs of San Francisco’s mentally ill
homeless between 2012 and 2015.
“I Think it’s Going to Rain Today”
Song by Judy Collins
Lyrics by Randy Newman