This poem is born from a question that I’ve been considering midst the circumstances of the past year and a half and especially over past the summer though some part of the question has been being asked over a lifetime. I believe I know the answer. By that I don’t mean that I “think” I know the answer. Rather, it is an issue of faith — that in spite of data and circumstances which may lead one to believe otherwise, I believe.
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What shall we say to these things? Shall we comfort ourselves with expressions Like the “undeserving poor” Or “breakthrough infection”? Shall we shrug off grief, Show sadness the door With, “What will be will be.” Or, “What killed them were their Comorbidities”? What shall we say to these things? And what about the other things? What shall we say about grace? About the luck good fortune brings From some source from which we cannot trace Back to anything other than… Well, anything other than God, Whether we know God or not. Will we deflect the blessing with, “Just a lucky shot.” What about those other things? What shall we say to these things? Homicide, rape, financial collapse? And what of the sunshine smile And great surprise of a child’s laugh? What word could bridge that breach And hold the two and reach Across the chasm of confusion, Speak peace to the broken, Drain the venom of words spoken In haste or with hate or both, Holding together the sadness and joy? © Randall Edwards 2021