Sunday, 8 November 2015

REMEMBRANCE & PEACE - A HYMN - How do we heal the horror

How do we heal the horror:
the aftermath of war,
the sharpened, hurtful questions
we wonder what it’s for;
the tears that feed each memory,
the pain, the hurt, the fear,
the images that haunt each mind,
that always seem so near?

How can we unlearn hatred
that undermines our peace,
that hurts beyond our healing,
God, will it never cease?
How can we sound the purpose
that severs limb from limb,
that escalates the tension,
that sounds a war-like hymn?

No God can end this murder,
this futile loss of life,
this endless mutilation,
this pointless human strife,
for every generation
must learn to love again,
to mine the seam of healing,
to end this ceaseless pain.
© Andrew Pratt 7/11/2015
Tune: AURELIA
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