December 20, 2000

Judaic celebration of steadfastness
faith in the right
courage against all harm

David Cozad, 60 years old, homeless
has been killed, run over by a train
and Hanukkah is just a day away

A Christian celebration of redemption
"love thy neighbor as thyself"
joy to the world

Sheila's face is bruised
her cheekbones broken
and Christmas is just five days away

Islam celebrates its inspiration
each one rededicates to purity

Homeless women dressed in black
are standing silent vigil
Ramadan is in its 24th day

African community celebration
of values at the root of heritage
faith, integrity and unity

Women. housed and homeless
are standing now together
and Kwanzaa is just six days away

And our healing is how many days away?

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