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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Eighty-Eight Words

Down the bloodslick road we tumble

from the midden to the sea;

you say you are set to rumble,

well, me buckos, so are we.

You have axes, long sharp knives,

we have baseball bats and guns,

and not many will survive

for now Satan’s joined the fun.

We will meet you in the township,

we shall crush your thick skull-domes,

but we’ll find, on our return trip

families dead within our homes,

And as we weep amid the gore,

perhaps we should have talked some more.


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18 comments:

  1. Yes...perhaps they should have talked more before resorting to violence to sort things out and letting 'Satan join the fun'. Powerful imagery here and wisdom for us

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    1. Wemi, thanks so much...continuing the conversation can sure save lives.

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  2. Love the build to the punch line! And so agree that many problems could be solved if people were only willing to talk more...Good to see you on here this week, upholding you in prayer!

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    1. Sharon, thank you so much for the prayers...and you hit it dead-center, it's the willingness to talk that counts.

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    1. Susan, I counldn't agree more...this country is a mess, and it could get a lot worse.

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  4. These lyrical words capture what is happening in our world today. So much violence and loss. My sister and her family are attending a funeral today for a young police officer killed in the line of duty leaving behind his wife and two small children. Life is so unfair and scary at times. But yet the church and kind hearted people remain as well.

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    1. Jennifer, you're so right, that in this arkness, light remain, and is sometimes the more visibly lovely for its rarity!

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  5. Sounds like the senseless violence taking place in our land today, Lord have mercy,

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  6. Yes. These thoughts. I have written a few like this in the past few months. Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Wow, Andrew, this is powerful. Thank you for the reminder that words can truly be more powerful than force, when wielded well.

    I'm praying for you and Barb, my friend.

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    1. Jeanne, thank you so much for this, and for your prayers!

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  8. Love this poem, Andrew! So true! It really comes down to putting down our weapons and listening without an agenda. We would learn so much about each other and find compassion rising up to meet the need. Thanks for this, my friend!

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    1. Beth, listening without an agenda...exactly!

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  9. My dad loves CCR. Made me smile when I saw this post. Praying for you always!

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    1. Tara, CCR's a favourite here. Thank you so much for your prayers!

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