Under the Harsh



Sleeping on a park bench
Living in a Chevy beater
Winter covers each with
an unwanted blanket of snow

Downtown, shoppers
pay them no mind; while
searching for deep discounts,
they discount these folks

Tonight, under starlight that
sets the frost a-twinkle with
thousands of crystals, remember
Jesus is sleeping under cardboard

not too far from here…

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Michael Crawford sings this song with heart, with understanding.  May we all remember the homeless during this HOHOHO season of frenzied gift giving, as we fatten our credit card balances buying crap made by child slave labor in China.

For ABC Wednesday, the letter U.  Pick one:  Underfed, Underemployed, Under stress, Under cardboard boxes.  Also “in the margins” at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads and Poets United.  Peace, Amy

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 16:45:47

    A timely reminder. Thanks Amy.


  2. Sherry Blue Sky
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 17:55:47

    As always, you cut to the chase, Amy. To perfection.


  3. People Empowerment Project
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 18:50:48

    Reblogged this on Africa's Orphans and commented:
    At times I wonder what wealth is all about. Those who seem to have it share none of it, which effectively means they have none. No matter how they define it themselves. It is through the worth of others that we find our wealth, in my estimation.


    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Dec 10, 2013 @ 15:49:48

      Thanks, PEP, for an astute comment and for re-blogging.

      To me, wealth isn’t about money. It’s about values. A


      • People Empowerment Project
        Dec 11, 2013 @ 13:52:28

        One of my favorite statements: Thank you for the thank you!

        The imagery your blogging name creates is fantastic. It isn’t the second adjective that gives it its life. It is the first one. If we could get others to see just how true that is in their own lives, how much wealth we could create. Wealth of energy, wealth of wisdom, wealth of leveraging of networks, etc.

        Looking forward to getting better acquainted with you.

  4. Carver
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 18:54:01

    This was fantastic. Well done. Carver, ABC Wed. Team


  5. brian miller
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 19:37:55

    jesus is sleeping under cardboard…yeah, the homeless become a bit more obvious this time of year…what a hard life…i know quite a few of them from the shelters…and they all have a story…


  6. kaykuala
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 21:04:17

    The homeless are made up of varied kinds of people. They put up by themselves. They may get to meet at soup kitchens if they dare venture out.But otherwise they find themselves all in the same predicament. ‘Somebody out there is crying not too far from here’ They’re around but helpless. This state of affairs is the same everywhere more so in countries under siege. One can only lament and it is harsh on the conscience of those who care. Well said Amelita!



    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:01:56

      Bless you for understanding, Hank. I was homeless once, in my 20s, but that was in California where there was always reasonably warm refuge. I think about the folks out there tonight, especially vets, and I just want to cry. But instead I pound on local legislators… Love, Amelita


  7. Roger Green
    Dec 04, 2013 @ 21:42:00

    Well, you KNOW I agree with THIS!


  8. readerwil
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 01:04:11

    Jesus is sleeping under cardboard…. Sadly enough it is so true. The homeless people are in need of warmth, attentiom, loving and caring company. They see people hurrying home with their last minute’s shopping, ready to celebrate, Thanksgiving, Christmas, whatever…Your poem is very strong. Thank you to remind us of those who are on the streets.


  9. vandana
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 02:07:43

    So very thoughtful. We ought to have responsibility towards the under privileged section of society.


  10. McGuffy Ann
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 07:06:10

    This is an issue that is near to my heart, as well. Heartbreaking.


  11. Marcy
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 08:34:53

    Beautifully said.


  12. lesliebc
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 14:21:40

    It says in the Bible…

    abcw team


  13. ChrisJ
    Dec 05, 2013 @ 22:26:05

    Love that Michael Crawford clip!…and your poem right on target!


  14. J Cosmo Newbery
    Dec 06, 2013 @ 03:41:47

    A very thoughtful and thought provoking post Amy. Timely.


  15. jae rose
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 05:26:51

    Yes..i think he probably is..if only we would look.. x


  16. leesis
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 22:28:16

    poetry that counts Amy…sister of my heart. Thank-you for continuing to remind me, at a time I really need the hope…that some folk strive to bring compassion into action. xxx


  17. coalblack
    Dec 11, 2013 @ 06:59:50

    Again and again, Jesus is a model of humility and simplicity. He was born in an outbuilding with the animals, he rode a donkey rather than a horse, he owned almost nothing (just sandals to shake the dust from) and he had time for women and children and sinners, which wasn’t the custom. Now televangelists assure us that God wants us to be rich, and the day set aside to celebrate Jesus’ birth has turned into a consumer nuthouse and many of his followers scorn anyone different from themselves. Wow.


    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Dec 11, 2013 @ 23:36:52

      Shay, there are SO many ways you have summed up this poem. This is the most eloquent comment, so much history you understand, and yes, you know how I feel about televangelists and their “gospel of abundance” that means your 401K, not the abundance of love you have in your heart. The Consumer Nuthouse. I like that one. How hard would Jesus puke at this holiday? Amy


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