Writing Through Hard Times – June 2019

Each month, the Denver VOICE publishes a selection of writing from workshops sponsored by Lighthouse Writers Workshop. The Hard Times Writing Workshop is a collaboration between Denver Public Library and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. This workshop is open to all members of the public—especially those experiencing homelessness. Hard Times meets every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. on the fourth floor of DPL’s Central branch. The Lighthouse sponsored workshop at The Gathering Place is specifically for that organization’s clients.

To check out more writing by the poets featured in this column, go to writedenver.org

Frank Coons

Aubade for the Mad King 

goldfinch & oriole

                      cowbird & jackdaw

harbingers of his dawn & his ten minutes

of clarity                 

he awakes

from another murderous night aggrieved 


and thinks again                 any king

who sleeps well

                            is already dead                   

                                        not a sunrise

but a fire encroaching

birds already turning to winged demons

the short chains of long-


would-be usurpers      rattling

rattling beneath the bricks






just unpeeled fruit            a pot of tea

he makes himself


to the sudatorium where he bites

the head 

off a red-wattled cock                    asks

                                 his fool

                     to read

    the entrails

what’s foretold:

more gold eggs from the goose

the ass still shitting persimmons

the split-tongued asp guarding the jewels

all good news           


                                 all good news 

Patricia Jayne

We are Change

Beckoned in with the stillness of breath

Stillness became oneness 

New Friendships formed

As Masters of Sound Journeys

Wove through the CommUnity

Healing hands and chocolates

Sage and Cuddles

Vibrations from Hip-Hop

And Tribal Chants

The heavy-hearted fell onto the sword of liquor

Light hearted we danced into herbal embrace

As night brought us through profound journeys

Morning light beckoning us to go forth

Changing lives from healed hearts

Beckoned to the daylight backwards

Time for Rest 

Profoundly Changed. 

This poem is written about the 2019 We Are Change Colorado Share Fest an Event dedicated to gathering cold weather gear to provide to those in need in the Denver area. This event brings together a wide range of musical talents from The Denver Community and lasts 12 hours. A few days after the event the cold weather gear is taken out to those in need near The Denver Rescue Mission. The personal interaction with the people receiving the items they need is quite profound and rewarding.

Pete Simon 

Kendrick Castillo

Kenrick Castillo

stood in the line of fire 

to save his classmates;

a last line of defense, because 

lawmakers duck and cover

in fear of

Wayne LaPierre.