Writing Through Hard Times – March 2018

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

Freddy Bosco

Snow Lilly

While a companion and I dined,

feasting on Chinese delicacies

I noticed her. She looks to be

a refugee from school, a hostage

of immigration sentenced to drudgery.

I will call her Snow Lilly.

Pausing from my chop sticks,

I saw her go to the window.

She looked out longingly, as if

she could see a brighter tomorrow

for herself than steering a trolley

through a restaurant, dishing out dim sum.

The dim sum of her hope

left me sad to see her, one so lovely

with nothing on the wide horizon

but a life of the same old thing

served again and again.

Giuliana Brunner

Sacred Moments of Pause

She let her heart soul out into the crystal sparkles of the night—the fairies and others were not out yet to twirl and fly with—soooo her heart soul went up into the stars traveling along the connecting threads binding us all—knowing the language of souls—so far beyond the limitation of words, so far beyond the physical tangible 

YOU know it perhaps?

Glimpsed it here on Earth? When you’ve touched another without skin meeting skin, without bodies melding into one another. 

It can occur in total spirit with those you love and honor who’ve crossed over—solid, truthful, and real, when you pause to hear their message, to feel the radiance of their love. It can occur here on Earth, a momentary glance of connection with a total stranger, or with one you know and love. 

Has that experience come to you yet? If not yet keep your heart soul open, it will come when you are willing to pause.

If you know these moments, you’ve touched with the sacred silence and truth—of eyes deeply locking, pausing without doubt—the souls talking—connecting perhaps a millisecond sensed as an eternity in its power. Trust, know, believe, those milliseconds can hold you, carry you, remind you of the intangible force, power, depth, beauty, strength, and gift of those rare times. It can spread in ways you unimaginable, ways that will bring a light and truth to your heart soul—of the timeless, ageless beauty, and power of those

sacred moments of pause.

Kevin M Vidal

30 Degree Sunshine

All by myself

Strolling on top of the world


God decided to shine a strobe

On my exalted existence


My life is Surreal

....Awakened to Joyous living

Surrounded by nature’s 3D beauty


And even from thousands of feet

Above the valley

I am firmly grounded


Blanketed in 30 degree 

Colorado Sunshine

...Smiling inside


Because I am grateful

That God guided me 

This close to heaven