“Learn to light a candle in the darkest moments of someone’s life. Be the light that helps others see; it is what gives life its deepest significance.” – Roy T. Bennet

Pickle Jar

they’ll tell you life is good here and dare you to say otherwise

as they go and steal a pickle jar to hold their savings in

it’ll stay as dry and empty as it was when it was found

but it sits there to remind them to save a buck someday

is it hard to believe that destiny

brought me to this city

where children cry and cease to be

part of the living

and the women walk in the night time

wishing they would meet somebody

and the men lose hope with the fading light

and drown in their misery

they’ll tell you life is good here and dare you to say otherwise

as they stand in line for soup so that their families may eat

it will last a couple days up to a week if they wanted

so dies a hungry mother and the unborn child inside

is it hard to believe that destiny

brought me to this city

where children cry and cease to be

part of the living

and the women walk in the night time

wishing they would meet somebody

and the men lose hope with the fading light

and drown in their misery

one by one, freedom will take them

two by two, the windows will close

and near their little graveyard a vacant house will stand

boarded up and buried deep in the minds of passing friends

and on a broken shelf above their only chair

there sits an empty pickle jar that nobody could fill

 

 

© 2011 singinthebreeze.wordpress.com

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Comments on: "Pickle Jar" (1)

  1. Hello ~

    I have missed commenting on your poetry (due to extreme studies), but have to say that through this one I am transported to a 3rd world country where suffering is the norm…no, things are not ok…that is a paradox within the church sometimes…to say that things are ok in the face of incredible human suffering. What is? Sola Scriptura,(Scripture alone), Sola Fide (Faith alone), Sola Christus (Christ alone), Sola Gratia (Grace alone) and Sola Deo Gloria (The Glory of God alone) ~ those are the lights that permeate suffering ~ Jesus Wept. Love you, Grammy

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