In 2 the Garden, Not Alone

Featured in the Los Angeles Catholic Worker website & upcoming poetry compilation, Poíēma

~for Karan Benton~


There is a place

in the most unlikely of places,

a garden adjacent to Skid Row,

where poor and powerless can go

when in need of shelter and shade,

a moment’s rest from the din of life.


Traces of trinkets  grace the grounds,

left behind as an offering

of thanksgiving

for the gift of solace the garden provides.


And all the while God watches

over the flowers,

over His people,

over their gifts


A God who watches over all,

irrespective of race, gender,

or other artificial strata,


who invites all of us,

all the times

into HIS still & lovely


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