The same ole story.
People wandering,

looking for a place
where they will be

welcomed as equals,
where the welcome

is real and not
another empty gesture.

They hope that there’s
a place to call home,

where justice for all
is real and not just

another punchline
in a really bad joke.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. Janet prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.