• lenten journal: to mourn is to mark . . .

    by  • March 15, 2019 • grief, lenten journal, poetry • 3 Comments

    to mourn is to mark . . .

    the moment when the world
    was ripped open, torn asunder
    and then not to hurry on

    the palpable absence of those
    taken—not lost, but stolen—
    and then wrap our arms around it

    the seduction of fear that
    disguises itself as revenge or
    even righteous indignation

    that violence and volume are
    not signs of strength or power
    but the vocabulary of cowards

    the hope that lies in uncertainty
    in the courage of compassion
    we are the walking wounded

    our hearts with our grief
    a tattoo of tenacity that trusts
    that love is inexhaustible

    Peace,
    Milton

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    3 Responses to lenten journal: to mourn is to mark . . .

    1. Margaret Dolbow
      March 15, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      Images of those poor families without their loved ones by their sides….”not lost, but stolen”
      Yes, they need arms wrapped around them. But nothing can help right now. Especially not “Thoughts and prayers.”

    2. Marty M Morris
      March 16, 2019 at 9:29 am

      Amen.

    3. Noralyn G Carpenter
      March 16, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      stolen indeed. Lord have mercy

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