The Foe No Longer Silent Sleeps

O! Emerson, how could you know
when you wrote the Concord Hymn
that shots would echo ’round the world,
shots fired by lesser men?

No bridge can arch the flood
that sweeps across our land,
No sea can hold the mothers’ tears
nor calm the fathers’ hands.

The bullet’s echo ricochets
through once thought hallowed halls.
O! God pray hear our plea
before even one more falls.

Please come into our hearts,
and come into our homes,
and teach us now to understand
the problem is our own.

The bullying, the hatred;
the shots ring out again.
Teach us Lord to teach respect,
to bring this killing to an end.

7 comments

  1. Sarah,
    These are tough days in educational settings. Your timely poem hits hard. It’s unbelievable to think that as lesson plans are prepared a quick safety plan must be prepared daily as well. We must teach and guard simultaneously. Hmmm. Multitasking is the call of the times–but this? It’s beyond my understanding. Where is respect for life itself? It’s hurtful to know that schools are targets now–that our learning communities have to suffer because of suffering individuals who make damaging choices toward innocent groups. I don’t get it. Peace is the simpler path. Some don’t know that. It’s really a vision of the heart.
    Jan

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    • Jan,
      “a vision of the heart.a vision of the heart.”

      Beautiful and so true!

      I asked our Pastor, whom I hold in high esteem, what he felt the answer was. His reply was quiet and thoughtful and spot on. He suggested the problem begins in the home and in the teaching by example of respect for each other, for law, for the planet, for life…i.e. a basic respect for self and all. That inspired this poem. As you said, “It’s a vision of the heart.”

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  2. Sarah, you hit the nail on the head. There is a sad lack of respect on many levels going around and it is highly contagious.

    We saw the news of the awful school killings and our hearts hurt, for the victims, their families and loved ones. For the perpetrator, he will have to live with his awful crime for whatever time he has left.

    Powerful writing.

    Regards,

    Maryse

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  3. Dear Maryse,

    This new thing of targeting schools is the sickest of the sick.

    I found these awful statistics on the Web:

    As of February 2018, there have been five school shootings this year in which a gun was discharged and victims were either injured or killed.

    The shooting in Parkland is the 18th incident in which a gun has been discharged on a school campus in the US this year,

    Thanks for reading my poem and for your reply.

    Sarah

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  4. Hi Sarah

    So intensely declared and beautifully written, this poem about the need to stop the violence, to diminish the motive for killings and to do more than just hear that “shot heard around the world, today”

    No bridge can arch the flood
    that sweeps across our land,
    No sea can hold the mothers’ tears
    nor calm the fathers’ hands.

    The bullet’s echo ricochets
    through once thought hallowed halls.
    O! God pray hear our plea
    before even one more falls.
    ______________________________
    Nothing short of realizing that war weaponry has no place in ordinary lives or hunting, that such devices are meant for those in military conflict. Northing short of caring more about our children and our human peers than those wanting their exaggerated view of the second right, will help us change the course of things and bring safety and security back to our schools and our lives. So well said. Thank you!

    My best always
    Wendy

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  5. Dear Wendy,

    I am sorry for being slow to thank you for your thoughtful and proactive reply.
    Your comments strike a chord with me. No surprise there; you are one of the
    most intuitive and empathetic people in my world. I’m so glad our paths have
    met.

    sarah

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