Evil Comes Home

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Jan Richardson paintedprayerbook.com

The clouds return
stacking up the darkness
’til the night lies on the land
a darkness so deep we cannot see
         Sleepless we lie down upon it
         Thirsty we reach out to drink it
         Numb now we stare up into it
By noon we will catch the end of it
except for our own shadows
which will never fail us
’til clouds return

We live in the fog
of our own pollution
Mists swallow the mountain
as the sea sinks beneath the scrim
         I can still recognize your form
         Your eyes are but hollow holes
         The mouth a stitched`up smile
Where once I thought of us friends
fear has turned us strangers
our hearts polluted
by our own smog

“Turn, O Lord! How long?
    Have compassion on your servants!
 Satisfy us in the morning
       with your steadfast love,
          so that we may rejoice
             and be glad in our days.
 Make us glad as many days
      as you have afflicted us,
         and as many years
            as we have seen evil.” ~ Psalm 90:13-15


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to Evil Comes Home

  1. Pogo was right – ” we have met the enemy….”


  2. Amen – join bloggers for peace…


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