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Prayer and Remembrance

Lacrimosa dies illa
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.
Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine,
Dona eis requiem. Amen.
Prayer and Remembrance On 9/11 -- (this is a rather long poem under the cut)


I

Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and let my cry come unto thee,
and hear the voice of your children,
all those burdened
with death unexpected,
the dead, the dying, the survivors,
the blood of victims
here,
then,
throughout time
since Abel's blood first cried to you.

II
The Day

For some it was
a day to celebrate,
a day that a little David
brought down
a mighty Goliath.
that symbol of sin and oppression,
who would strip them of God
and truth and opportunity
and tear their world apart
and try to keep them
ground under it's thumb forever.

For some it was
the day life turned to ashes,
drifting in white dusty smoke
coating the survivors
as they groped,
ghostlike,
trying to find the light.

For some it was
children searching for fathers
now pulverized
beneath an unbelievable wreakage.
wives looking for husband
husbands crying for their wives,
voicemail messages played over and over,
the last quick message,
a final goodbye,
the last connection
before the unthinkable.

III

Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

For the hardness of our heart
Forgive us, O Lord.

For the passing of our wrongs down to our children,
Forgive us, O Lord.

For the celebration of the death of our enemies,
Forgive us, O Lord.

For choosing to nurse our hate rather than be reconciled with our neighbor,
Forgive us O Lord.

IV


Words.
Words were spoken,
and soon,
reality is warped into the image
cast by words.

The words were spoken
twisting peace into hate,
twisting plowshares into swords,
twisting buildings of people into rubble and ruin.

Where are the words
to ease the pain
of a woman who has lost her child?
In the anger of hate,
is she real
or just a counter?


Where are the words
to fill the heart
of a husband who lost his wife?
Is his loss
justified
by the blow against the enemy?



Where are the words
to fill the lives
of the newly orphaned?
Are their shattered lives
able to heal
the twisting of others' hearts?

V

Dear Lord,
This day, let me commend to you
all those killed
in hatred,
whether by sword,
stone,
scapel,
poison,
bullet,
bomb.
This day I commend to you
victims chosen
to terrorize the surviving,
children,
beloveds,
friends,
coworkers,
strangers.

And on this anniversary
of the evil that man willingly does to others,
teach us not to hate,
but to break the chains
that try to drag us down into the pit
one word at a time
one refusal to hate at a time,
one reaching out to those in need at a time,
one willingness to walk in your steps at a time.

Amen.
 

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( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
alterfano
Sep. 11th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful. The last stanza in particular sums up my personal philosophy on how I try hardest to make a difference in the world. Thank you.
knittingknots
Sep. 11th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Pretty much how I see it.

Funny, this concept is an underpinning to the Evil in Men's Hearts - there we see one group building a hate chain, and people who will do what they can to break it.
alterfano
Sep. 12th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
good for you
knittingknots
Sep. 12th, 2007 12:26 am (UTC)
Hope I can continue to do it without getting preachy....so far, so good....those two points of view "hate/refuse to hate" lead to lots of action in their own right....
alterfano
Sep. 12th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
very tru
knittingknots
Sep. 12th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
I hate preachy action adventure.
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