David Harris

Gold Star - 4,611 Points (18 June 1945 / Bradfield, England)

Only In The Winter - Poem by David Harris

Why is it only in the winter
that we notice them?
The vulnerable on our streets,
the runaways and those
who have lost their way.
They are there all year around
in their cardboard houses
the places they call home.

Why is it only in the winter
that we finally become aware?
In the big cities, they are everywhere.
When the city goes to sleep
some huddle in doorway shelters,
where they sleep
covered in newspaper blankets
just to keep them warm.

Why is it only in the winter
we want to notice them?
They are there through
all the four seasons,
yet it is only in the winter
their plight becomes newsworthy.
What happened to spring summer and fall?
Don’t those seasons count at all.
They are still vulnerable
in whatever season comes to call,
the runaways and those
who have lost their way.

Why is it only in the winter
that we open our blind eyes
to the plight of these vulnerable lives?
Sadly, to a lot of us
it is only in the winter
and its freezing chills
that we suddenly realize
those less fortunate than ourselves.
However, they are there
everyday of every year
and not just only in the winter.

15 December 2009


Comments about Only In The Winter by David Harris

  • (12/20/2009 6:18:00 PM)


    This is a fine, strongly articulated poem, David - one of your best. The structure (repetition of the question 'Why is it only in the winter that we notice them?) forces the reader to really question the callousness of most who see but don't notice because they are too preoccupied examining their own navels. Your theological heart is very much to the fore in this disturbing poem about the lack of social justice in the world. Congratulations. Love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

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  • (12/15/2009 5:26:00 PM)


    very good point david if only 10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 15, 2011


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