AuthorsDen.com  Join | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: James Boyle, iJoan Hovey, iDavid Snowdon, iAuntie Val, iKeith Dyne, iDavid Litwack, iOwen Thomas, i
  Home > Mainstream > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

J. Allen Wilson

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 1,602 titles
· 11,742 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
·
Member Since: May, 2003

   Sitemap
   My Blog
   Contact Author
   Read Reviews

Books
· Glimpse OF An Angel

· Whispers Of The Heart

· Before Darkness Falls


Short Stories
· The Thanksgiving That Was and The Silver Star

· “Ceremony of the Gift”

· Twice Loved and Twice Left

· A Boy and His Journey

· The Death Of Josiah Johnson/ 2nd installment

· The Death Of Josiah Johnson

· The Daddy Long-Back Letters Continued

· The Daddy Long-Back Letters

· Train A Child In The Way He Should Go…PT. 2

· Train A Child In The Way He Should Go…


Articles
· Gifts and the Parable of the Talents

· South Carolina’s Medicaid Travesty

· Love and Second Chances; God’s Gift

· How Do We Un-Love

· Absolute Love

· Hope Revealed

· Its Only 50 Cents

· It Breaks My Heart…

· The Death Of Tybee Island;

· After The Attack On America


Poetry
· JD’s Rose - Nicole

· Thank You Baby For Loving Me

· A Birthday Prayer

· Get Thee Behind Me Satan

· The End Of Times

· Love This Side Of Heaven

· Field Of Dreams, Tomorrow’s Not There

· Love Is…

· A Reflection of Life Built Upon Strife

· Sadness Upon The World

         More poetry...

J. Allen Wilson, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

  Spare A Dime?
by J. Allen Wilson
Sunday, October 05, 2003


Share   Print   Save Become a Fan


Recent poems by J. Allen Wilson
•  JD’s Rose - Nicole
•  Thank You Baby For Loving Me
•  A Birthday Prayer
•  Get Thee Behind Me Satan
•  The End Of Times
           >> View all 1,551




Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.


 

Dressed in the worn drab gray,


 The old and young alike made their way.


Long were the lines that snaked for blocks


Along 42nd and Broadway.


Silence prevailed amongst the men,


Who sported dirty and unshaven chins.


It was not their choice to be this way,


For many here are new to this game.


Not long ago, jobs did they have,


Houses with yards and even a Saub.


However, that was then, and this is now,


Their only goal today is to get some chow.


I even recall hearing one old timer say


It has never been this bad on Christmas day.


The men continued their shuffle, side by side


Until they finaly reached the end of the line.


Once there they were greeted by the pleasant


Ladies of Our Grace who slopped small portions


Of beans over twice fried rice.


Merry Christmas I heard one man say


As he disappeared down a dark alleyway.


I followed him still thinking this a dream


For even I, this many homeless have I ever seen.


After all, was this not 2003 and the President


Said we have an economy in full steam.


Rounding the corner, I was shocked into


Dismay, for I saw entire families living this way.


Disgruntled became I, when my thoughts took the


Wings of flight and thus concluded this today.


What price was the war that we are still fighting?


200 billion and counting?


Tell me now I said again to self, how many families


Would this feed? Would they even be down this way?


If only we had fought this war another day.


I dropped my head and turned I in dismay, only to


Hear a small child say, “Hey mister, can you spare a dime”?


 

J. Allen Wilson © 2003


Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!




Reviewed by Sandy Knauer 4/12/2004
Excellent job again! Hope everyone rememebers this at election time.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/21/2004
(((j. allen)))

our country has been in trouble for a long time...i've been there, and can only afford to eat one meal a day...bills come first...

*tears tears tears* on this social NIGHTMARE come to fruition

(((HUGS))) and God help us all

love,

karla. :(
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 10/6/2003
Oh, what a POWERFUL POEM! You should send that into a contest or something! Superb write! Touches my soul very deeply. America is in trouble because of President Bush!
Reviewed by Erica Ivory 10/6/2003
I WORKED FOR YEARS WITH AN ORGANIZATION THAT FED THE HOMELESS AND WORKING POOR... i HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND WHAT MANY UNFORTUNATE CHILDREN HAVE FOR DINNER.. NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP A CAT ALIVE.. i CAN SAY.. i HAVE never EVER REFUSED ANYONE HELP.. i WAS THEM ONCE.. AS A CHILD ALONE WITH NO PLACE AND NO ONE TO CARE.. I WILL ALWAYS KEEP THAT FRESH IN MY MIND.. IT IS NOT FOR ME TO JUDGE HOW AND WHY,,, GREAT WRITE!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/5/2003
Tears. This touches me deeply. All you have to do is go downtown in any city across north America and you can see that things are not the way we are being told they are. Great write.

Books by
J. Allen Wilson



Glimpse OF An Angel

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Whispers Of The Heart

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Before Darkness Falls

Buy Options
Signed copy!
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..



Popular
Poetry
(Mainstream)
  1. THE DENIED BUTTERFLY
  2. in time for Mother's Day
  3. Puffs of Smoke
  4. Talking to an Ancient Moonah Tree.
  5. It's the Law
  6. Pi Day
  7. Big Brother
  8. The Pursuit of Happiness
  9. Traffic Light
  10. Can’t Live if Livin’ is Without You
  11. Here we go again, maybe...
  12. Every Child Needs
  13. unraveling...
  14. Un cer tain ty
  15. Taking Stock
  16. Disposable Love
  17. R E D
  18. Skeletons in a closet.
  19. WE ARE

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.