The Other Half – Author Jo Resner


Barefooted babes,

not a penny in their pocket,

huddle and shiver

with cold and fear.

Urban nomads

scamper like mice

through grimy streets.

Visitors pass through

to gawk and stare

at how the other half lives.

Take a picture

but leave this unholy place

before the sun sets

and the rats

climb out of the sewers.

A little orphan boy,

dirt smudged

on his concave face

asleep against a brick wall.

He embraces

his brother’s frail body

with one eye open.

Fat Cats

in suits of navy blue

jingle with each hurried step,

stopping only

to pick up

pennies from gutters.

Their pockets overflowing.


© Jo Resner

Excerpt form the book “Divided Lines – A Poet’s Stance”

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Divided Lines

Foreword . . .

In a world of ever increasing advances seemingly created to make our lives easier to manage, envisioned to bring us together, to draw us closer, we are still in many instances isolated and at odds and validly apart. Something is missing, there is a snag, a rip, a hole in the spiritual fabric that we all see; yet we continue to fail to address.

 It has been said by self-proclaimed philosophers, theologians, scholars’ and politicians that the abuse of words can be a danger, there are those that believe words are a leading factor in what ills our society. Of this we do not deny in full, there have been abuses, history is but a melody to that fact, yet it is also true that words have the innate capacity to bridge, to heal that which divides.

 Opinions, views, religions, nations, people, even love divides. The focus of this book and the poets here in, is to give breath to a wide range of issues both small and controversial that lie beneath the surface. Things that we are often hesitant to discuss. In saying that, I will offer that the role of a poet is not to persuade or to add more rhetoric to the static we hear. A poet’s responsibility is to shine the light of awareness, to create a platform for dialogue, for healing, to gather up the images in an attempt to understand what we see.

Demitri Tyler, Author

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