Poem – On Being Safe (By David B. Axelrod)
ON BEING SAFE
His mantra starts out,
“Warm, clean, comfortable.”
He’s had his share of troubles —
health, work, relationships.
He’s never been consoled to hear,
“Others have it so much worse.”
Why would that make him feel
better? How many people go hungry,
combing dumpsters for food,
or sleep in cardboard boxes
in freezing weather? Others
may see him as a “kook.” At least
he’s not a criminal, eyeing what
others have, ready to pounce.
Nor is he filled with ethnic hatred.
In the darkness of his bedroom,
a cover pulled over his ear,
for a moment, he’s grateful he is
not in danger and he can
safely fall asleep.
Dr. David B. Axelrod is Volusia County, Florida, Poet Laureate. Author of 21 books of poetry, he has held three Fulbright Awards, including a year as Fulbright’s first Poet-in-Residence in the People’s Republic of China. His website is www.poetrydoctor.org.