Pauper or Poet?

By Tom SiebertCarl Sandburg
Carl Sandburg was a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry. One day Carl showed up unannounced at the high school bearing his name in Orland Park, Illinois. The principal thought the shabbily dressed man was a vagabond and asked him to leave. When the famous poet returned later with an ID, the principal cancelled classes for the day and held an assembly in his honor. The Bible states, “If you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (James 2:9). Perhaps an assembly should have been held to honor the “vagabond.”

About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at or (816) 344-7815.
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