Jesus, Children by Jon Bennett

Ivor comes in the bar
with 7 and a half turkey sandwiches.
“You want a half?” he asks me.
“I know where you got’em” I say.
It’s Christmas and an army
of Christian youth
are marching through the slum
handing out food.
Outside I smoke and watch
as a group breaks off
to pray with a homeless woman,
a wreath of blonde hair
punctuated by a single
brown chestnut.

Jon Bennett

Jon Bennett is a Pushcart Award nominated writer and musician living in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. His novel, The Unfat, is available through his website,, and his music can be found on Pandora and Spotify.

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