who will wail 

in mourning?

God in heaven 

must weep

at travesties

wreaked on

humanity by

our inhumanity.


who grieves for 

already forgotten?

once innocent

Nigerian school girls

herded like cattle

sold against will

thinly holding dim

hopes of rescue.


who still sorrows

brothers’ conflict?

dating back to

Jacob and Esau

renewed with 

deadly rockets

lighting the night

sky over Gaza.


who will cry by

empty coffins?

while body parts

lie neglected and

exposed amid

burned wreckage

of passenger flight

downed in Ukraine.


humankind is 

possessed by

an amor mortis;

locked in macabre 

gambol with violence;

to whom will death

extend bony fingers,

asking next dance?


“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.

‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”  (Jeremiah 6:14)


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coalblack
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 20:24:08

    “locked in macabre gambol with violence”. I never heard this madness put into words any better than that.

    coal (Fireblossom)


  2. Brendan
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 10:07:45

    “Amor mortis,” indeed — how to provide such careful, even loving, details as you do here and not feel that we’re swept up in a romance with awfulness? Yet there seems no way to spurn this dance without going dim. Great precision here.


  3. grapeling
    Jul 23, 2014 @ 18:16:46

    amor mortis, indeed. we live in such trying times ~


  4. The Course of Our Seasons
    Jul 21, 2014 @ 01:17:56

    seems more horrifying that we move from event to event without time to catch our breath or consider or remember – a time that calls for the voices of poets – thank you – K


  5. Gabriella
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 23:52:58

    Your words are so true. Today the media focuses on one event, another one tomorrow, but in a few weeks who will remember these wasted lives. And all this makes us feel so powerless.


  6. Suzanne
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 22:55:06

    Brilliant. The way you bring the Biblical fight into the current battles in Gaza is insightful and your last verse asks the difficult, dark questions we must all ask ourselves at this time.


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