William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

SANCTUARY

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: February 16, 2007
Awarded: February 16, 2007
John’s camera lens vividly, once again, shows to all
An old soldier sleeping near a locked church door hall
A young lady sitting on the cold, hard, damp cement
With her cup for her quarters, dimes, nickels and cents

Mentally challenged? On booze or on drugs?
Often robbed by the system and denizen thugs!
Homeless they roam the Vancouver Mean Street
as the O.D. grim reaper holds his scythe at their feet

These poor folk are the dregs of Canadian free society!
And that bothers the thoughts of some old guys like me;
They clutter the gutters as outside they pee
And collect welfare cheques in our biggest city(s)

Will they find Sanctuary in heaven in death?
Going home to paradise with their last breath?
Tooth fairy myths and Easter Bunny Dreams
Disappear in reality before reaching their teens

The sharp edges of existence cause a real suffering hell.
This pain is erased by a church funeral bell:
The lady with the cup, the soldier asleep on the street!
Going home! Going home! To their Saviour to meet!

Photograph ©Copyright 2007 by John-Ward Leighton
Photograph ©Copyright 2007 by John-Ward Leighton

Photograph ©Copyright 2007 by John-Ward Leighton
Photograph ©Copyright 2007 by John-Ward Leighton

Author’s Note: Varied impressions of Canadian society as seen in reality check photographs by John-Ward Leighton’s professional lens

This poem was inspired by the poem and photographs entitled “Sanctuary” – ©Copyright February 6, 2007 by John-War Leighton