There Go I


A documentary poem attempts to capture a historical event in words, images, sound, or other media forms. These types of poems, generally written in the first person, can take a more removed third-person perspective, concern an event. I’ve decided my documentary poems will be about the stuff that never captures the headlines. The subject of these poems is the stuff I hear, see. or live. Therefore, I wrote, There go I, to reflect the event happening in the pictures of a local act of charity.


There Go I

In our city, there is a women’s and children’s shelter

Offering food and housing to those without a home

And a group of bikers every year running helter-skelter

From store to store, they persist

To find the coveted items on a list

These folks are the subject of this poem

If you need to question and ask why

It’s because except for the grace of God, there go I

It started many years ago

The idea to adopt Open Arms at Christmas time

The project the brainchild of Theo

“They need our help, and you have to admit

This is a project to which we can commit

If we ignore these kids, it would be a terrible crime

Theo said with a deep sigh,

Because except for the grace of God, there go I

Therefore, The vote was cast

The victory won

Jerry, the money raiser, worked fast

The funds were raised

So within a matter of days

The shopping had begun

A tiny tear trickled from every eye

Because except for the grace of God, there go I

For years the bikers followed the tradition

Shopping for women and children, they would never know

Considering it their sacred Christmas mission

They checked the lists to make sure it was right

Wrapping presents long into the night

In bright gift wrapping with a holiday bow

If you asked them to give an explanation and clarify

They would say, except for the grace of God, there go I

In 2020, covid-19 caused everything to change

Shopping was dangerous, and Open Arms had cases

The lack of shopping made it ll seem strange

Still, a check was delivered outside the gate

By the biker organization called ABATE

With the hope of putting smiles on a lot of faces

It wasn’t the same but a decent try

Because except for the grace of God, there go I

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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