Faces of The Homeless 1

by Ty Andrews

Drawing


The State of the Nation: Various Levels of Pain

by Charles Marshall

Poem


Strange 8

by Daniel Strange

Art


Strange 7

by Daniel Strange

Art


I Left Mississippi

by Benjamin Williams

Poem


He Was the Enemy: A Soldier's Dilemma

by JonnieLynn Donatelli

Poem


I Left Mississippi

By Benjamin Williams, Army, Marine Corps

Writing Type: Poem

By Benjamin J. Williams

VA Medical Facility—Biloxi, MS

I left Mississippi with the clothes I had on,
swore to myself I'd stay long gone.
Away from Dixie like a slave I ran,
heading north to find freedom-land.
Across the Delta, through the cotton I ran,
moving faster than a hound-chased man.
Looked over my shoulder but didn't slow down.
Before the night's over, I have to cover more ground
before I stand on Vine Street looking around.
Look away, look away because now I'm gone.
Kansas City, Missouri, is now my home.
I left Mississippi with the clothes I had on,
swore to myself I'd stay long gone.
Opportunity wasn't knocking on my front door.
I'm tired of growing old while still black and poor.
I'm taking a chance to shoot my shot out,
to join the haves and leave the have-nots.
So when it grows cold late at night,
don't cry for me,
just wish me happiness and let me be.
I left Mississippi with the clothes I had on,
swore to myself I'd stay long gone.

Plunder

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Our Voice Means Something

by Kennith Harvey

Poem


Cat's in the Cradle

by Tom Lauterback

Prose


The Quail Hunt

by Trina Mioner

Poem


Strange 4

by Daniel Strange

Art


Dave 3.0

by David Cahn

Prose