Special Event: Voices of the Street

Coming up on May 3, Poetry Is Dead is hosting an event for the launch of “Voices of the Street” the literary issue of Megaphone Magazine. Megaphone Magazine is sold by people who are homeless or low income and the event’s proceeds will go towards the Megaphone Magazine Creative Writing Program.

Please enjoy one of the many great pieces of writing that will be featured in Voices of the Street:

What Do You See?

by Karen Stone

When you see us, are you afraid of us?
Or are you afraid of what you see in us?
Do we remind you of human frailty or endurance?
Do we scare you because you know that society
Of which you are always to be a part
Is set up in a way that is safe and secure for you?
Well, when you are forced to walk by
Sometimes stop and really look at us.
See our strength
Our endurance
Think about what our stories are
Look at how the abused, rejected, exploited and ignored
still hold onto their humanity.
If you ever want to see desperation mixed with hope
Go to a park and listen, watch, feel, give encouragement
to the homeless.
Reach inside and see us in yourself
And if you don’t like what you see
Ask us how you can help
 

 

Coming up on May 3, Poetry Is Dead is hosting an event for the launch of “Voices of the Street” the literary issue of Megaphone Magazine. Megaphone Magazine is sold by people who are homeless or low income and the event’s proceeds will go towards the Megaphone Magazine Creative Writing Program.

Please enjoy one of the many great pieces of writing that will be featured in Voices of the Street:

What Do You See?

by Karen Stone

When you see us, are you afraid of us?
Or are you afraid of what you see in us?
Do we remind you of human frailty or endurance?
Do we scare you because you know that society
Of which you are always to be a part
Is set up in a way that is safe and secure for you?
Well, when you are forced to walk by
Sometimes stop and really look at us.
See our strength
Our endurance
Think about what our stories are
Look at how the abused, rejected, exploited and ignored
still hold onto their humanity.
If you ever want to see desperation mixed with hope
Go to a park and listen, watch, feel, give encouragement
to the homeless.
Reach inside and see us in yourself
And if you don’t like what you see
Ask us how you can help