Category Archives: Poetry

Christmas for Steve

She wrote, “Christmas for Steve. I love you.” On the front leaf of the book I bought At Goodwill for $3.99. Jason Reynolds

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Bookstore Owner

She lost her bookstore and then her mind. Her friends took her in. But she longed for the corner on the street where the bookstore used to stand, Now she camps in the entryway of a building on the corner … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Looking within

When I looked within two days ago, I discovered that my chest was filled with broken glass, Pain from the Holocaust and the vicious childhood, Pain now accepted and welcomed, Part of life— part of my story. No longer overwhelmed, … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Hunger

The shame spreads like ink in water. Calling the automatic teller to see if money magically ended in your account. Dividing the total into how much you can spend each day, Hoping that the few dollars with somehow feed you. … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Mother’s Day

The seashore is deserted. Waves climb up The stone pier. You stand there waving, Younger than I knew you, Before the unhappy marriage, The children you never wanted, Before the drugs and alcohol Stole your dignity, ruined your children, Hijacked … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Daisy’s poem

Daisy, A life in verse by Jason Reynolds Teddy Roosevelt was President when Daisy was born, in a small corner of the State of Washington. She adored the memory of her father and mother, Although she was only five when … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

IT ALL BEGINS WITH A BACK RUB

It all begins with a back rub, The grooming of the child, The victim, carefully prepared, With a conspiratorial smile, Just our secret, just you and I. The perp is always lonely. Something a pal like you can fix, Even … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Gay marriage

It seems so simple, two people in love. Two decades ago, I suggested gay marriage And got yelled at—“You are trying to force Heterosexual values on homosexual people.” They said the same thing When I said I wanted to settle … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

On Craving Wealth

We crave wealth, most Americans, Worshipping the titans of the stock market Even when they destroy the US economy, Toss millions out of work, A million out of their homes, And watch men and women with signs Asking for a … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment

Things Never Satisfy

You’d think I would have learned the lesson From the rich people I knew. Car, houses, boats didn’t produce peace of mind, In fact, often produced guilt and fear Of Mexicans and Puerto Ricans coming to take it all away. … Continue reading

Posted in Poetry | Leave a comment