Monday, April 3, 2017

A Message in Sneakers--By Jean Calkins--United States

A Message in Sneakers

He hung there on a makeshift cross
And tears welled in my eyes ...
A tiny “Christ” in sneakers—
I could not criticize
The candlelight enactment
As young boys and girls portrayed
The tale of a loving Savior
And how He was betrayed.
Too often I am critical
And question things I see,
But a tiny Christ in sneakers
Brought the message home to me.

Jean, at 84, has been writing poems since she was 18. For 25 years she published a popular poetry quarterly of up to 100 pages, with a subscribership of nearly 500. Illness in 1986 ended the magazine. She published The Jokester, by email, a 2-page monthly of clean humor. Many of our Whispers’ contributors were published in various editions. October 2016 was her last issue. 


  1. Jean,
    An interesting way to depict the Easter least I think that was what you were trying to evoke from this poem...correct me if I'm wrong.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

  2. Dear Jean,
    I sense a truly sensitive heart thru your poem.
    Thank you,

  3. Dear Jean,
    Thanks for the reminder of the greatest
    gift to mankind ever given.

  4. I read this & pictured a school play? lovely Easter poem, my friend x