Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Voice of God

The cries of the abused
child, beaten

the pangs of hunger
in the Bombay slum

the blood of the machete
couple in Rwanda

the shock of the mother
whose child dies
in Japan, Joplin

the gospel dirge
for the young girl shot
in the head as she
plays in the park

the body thuds of the Copt
beaten to death

the silence of the Bosnia
girl left raped after
her family is murdered

the fear of the family,

Darfur, Congo, Guernica,
Ekaterinburg, Nanking,
Bataan, the Marne,
Dresden, Twin Towers…

the whisper you will be
martyred for my name’s sake

in all of these

This poem is submitted for the Warrior Poets Circle hosted by Jason Stasyszen. To see more poems submitted, please visit Connecting to Impact.

Photograph: Bible Text by Petr Kratochvil via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.


nance marie said...

thanks for this.

jasonS said...

Powerful poem, Glynn. Thank you.

Dusty Rayburn said...

Troubled by the details but amazed by the whisper.