Child by Jeffery Martin


A child held out his hand and I could do nothing

but comment on a blank page

about the senselessness of it all


Painfully I admitted that the answers

resided somewhere in the gap

between the rich and poor


That child stared blankly as I attempted to explain

why his hunger was a necessary evil

in the scheme of haves and have nots


He did not understand how the sickness in his eyes

and rumbling in his belly

were an insurance policy guaranteeing

that someone somewhere would be sipping the finest wine

while basking in the glow of generations of wealth

and prestige


This child was puzzled by the phrase

that he was the promise of tomorrow

when today it seemed to him

was so harsh


He challenged the authenticity of my poetry

weren’t poets catalysts for change? he asked

weren’t words those powerful little symbols

capable of striking the chord

of that which makes us most

human, most humane

if not through the custodian of words

from where would the relevance of dialogue come


Afterwards my pen seemed heavy

and the blank page foreboding

all of the oceans of inspiration

became mere calm quiet ripples

turned upside down by a child’s questions

questions pertinent but clearly beyond

the intellectual threshold of this custodian of words


© Jeffery Martin

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20645101_10210024379835016_6687973742195305575_oAbout the Author

Author Jeffery Martin has written 10 books and contributed poetry to 7 anthologies. “Weapon of Choice” won the 2008 New Jersey Beach Book Festival ‘Best Book of Poetry’ and honorable mention in both the New York Book Festival and London Book Festival. Mr. Martin, a storyteller, has also used stories to inspire classrooms and youth groups in both New York and California. While living in Rochester New York he founded the BEHOLD Theater group (he hopes to kick start this again) which introduced to youth to various disciplines within the arts, ranging from Poetry to Fencing. Recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District he plans on taking poetry, drumming and storytelling on the road to reach a broader audience. He is currently writing a film script with hopes of releasing it sometime in 2018. His most recent book is “Jus Sayin” released in June 2017 is a myriad of thoughts he has shared over social media over the past few years.

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