by Caren Lee Brenman

Who decides the hierarchy of suffering?

Determines who gets fed
toast slicked with honey
and who goes without?

Allows one home to stand
and another to perish?

Chooses one child to grow
and one to be lost?

Whose decision is it
to create a lost land
instead of a homeland?

Who will decide
that when the sun sets
will rise in the morning?

Artwork: Scotty on Lawrence Street by Joe Brenman, used with permission from the artist. 

Caren Lee Brenman has always written poetry because she cannot make sense of her life otherwise. Her poems have appeared in Philadelphia Stories, Contemporary American Voices, Waterways: Poetry in the Mainstream, Write Your Block Philadelphia, and Drunk Monkeys