They Will Learn

Casey, Youth Participant Oklahoma AC March 2013   They tell us to be quiet To defer To wait But we will not They tell us we are too young We don’t understand This is too big for us Just sit down But we stand up They say we are... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

I Am a Coin

Jan, Adult Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 I am a coin Rustling around with others like me I am a coin Individually I tend not to be as valuable I am a coin Tossed into a jagged old can on the street I am a coin There are now just a... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

My Strength is an Illusion

Ashley, Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 The human spirits strength varies on each individual as general Iroh once said “allow yourself to slip down that road if you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest time hope is something you give yourself.  That is the meaning of... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

Me and Them

Dan, Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 Me, certainty of where I’ll sleep, my future, my success Them, uncertainty of everything Me, a bed for a bed Them, a loud city street Me, a blanket for a blanket Them, the clothes off their back Me, a dresser for a... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

Cards

Ashlyn, Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 There is no pride in having money. There is no shame in having none. We are all people with purposes, aspirations and plans. For some these dreams are well within reach simply because of the lives we have been blessed with. For others not... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

Touching Lives

Kelsey, Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 I too often make assumptions while only going skin deep before I even learn a name or a peep from their mouths. In listening to peoples stories or even just holding their hand I’m beginning to grasp the concept of what it... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

Why?

Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 Why do they poke and prod me? Why do they stare and cry? Why do they say such big words? Do they not know I’m suffering? Do they not know I am tired of fighting? Do they not know I just want to... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

Afraid of the Dark

Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 I grew up knowing that I was given too much. That I was blessed where others were not. But I went on with my life pretending that I didn’t see the differences. However, that made me unsettled and I craved a cure for... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

Untitled

Jared, Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 Starving, lonely, desperate and hopeless. These are the words I’m bound to, words that society uses to define my every day. These words evoke pity and empathy. They are responsible for the helpful yet shallow, futile and patronizing acts of charity. Things... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

I Never Knew

Youth Participant Davidson UMC June 2013 I never knew that people could get food whenever they wanted. I never knew that a bed felt so soft. I never knew that water came out of faucets in people’s houses. I never knew that you could own your own bathroom and... read more»

Posted by Alex Larson on July 15, 2013

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