John-Ward Leighton

SANCTUARY

IWVPA Club Recognition of Outstanding Non-War Related Writings: February 21, 2007
Awarded: February 21, 2007
I saw a homeless person
anonymous
to us.
Head covered sleeping in a church
doorway.
He/she seemed to be seeking sanctuary
but God and man had locked them out.

Perhaps if they had come during office hours
with other members of the flock,
God would have heard his or her knock.
I saw a sister sitting cross-legged on the street
I’m hungry said a small sign
and pennies in a cup entreat.

What did I give either of them?
f16/ at 1/250 second
and stole their crushed images
to feed my muse
for the pleasure of intellectual savages.

Where would I have put these wretched people?
This constant nag on my best intentions;
This overkill of my compassion.
God or no god, or even the Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy
will no one grant them a sweet
Sanctuary?

John-Ward Leighton: Sanctuary

John-Ward Leighton: Sanctuary
Photos ©Copyright 2007 by John-Ward Leighton

This poem and the photographs were the inspiration for the poem, “Sanctuary” ©Copyright February 6, 2007 by Billy Willbond