Friday 13 November 2015

Paris attacks - hymn

At least 18 people have been killed in several shootings in the French capital, Paris, as well as explosions near the Stade de France (BBC) 2254hrs 13/11/2015

This hymn written earlier this year has, sadly, been adapted in the light of today's attacks.

Hopeless to help in this violence, this crisis,
here in the focus of bloodshed and fear,
common humanity binds us together,
love at the centre, not hatred's veneer.

History repeats in this city of beauty,
here amid elegance: danger’s embrace.
Love is our purpose when those filled with hatred
break down relationships, nullify grace.

Give me your hand, then let peace grow between us,
let us rebuild what distrust might destroy.
Now in this moment we'll make a commitment,
love is the weapon we'll use and deploy.
© Andrew Pratt 20/1/2015 & 18/1/2015 & 13/11/2015
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