Slave in Waiting… A Multimedia Poem by Toni L.A. Cross


She peers out of broken glass

Smeared with all that’s crude and crass

The glass is like her life

It cuts her with its knife

She is old and broken

Her pain pools unspoken

No way to escape

This endless rape

She peers out with shattered eyes

Heavy with tears she never cries

The tears are like the curtain of beads

Strung and hanging useless weeds

Tacky and in the way

Like the thought that she should pray

If God did care

She should see Him somewhere

Won’t He send someone

To undo what is done?

Does no one know

That she is here down below?



YOU can fight injustice!

You may have noticed the new glowing orange button on the righthand side of this website.

I often blog about issues related to injustice and suffering. Well, today, a friend of mine inspired me to actually start researching what I can do to make a difference.

You see, I think about social justice issues often, but I don’t usually think about the fact that I can do something to help. And I think there are probably lots of other people out there- just like me.

You want to help, you just don’t know how.

Please, take a few minutes and watch this video. It is beautifully artistic and yet raw with emotion.

Find out what you can do!


Reflect… By Toni L.A. Cross

This glass is cracked
My view is shattered
Like an old store front
On the bad side of town

Reflect these faces back
In defined color
Remove the smear
Of hate
Make the shadows
Melt and fade and flee
Take away the irresolution
Created by a single doubt

This heart is cracked
My love is shattered
Like fine china dropped
On the unyielding concrete

Reflect my world back
In black and white
Remove the distortion
Of emotion
Make the lines
Stark and crisp and clear
Take away the blur
Created by a single tear