where were you
when the embryo
hatched and was formed
by blood-spattered hyenas
tearing hope from
limb to limb and
laughing gleefully
at the mockery

where were you
when the embryo
fell and love
offered a hit
of a crack pipe
covered in symbols
flashing through
the ghetto offering
escape from the
desolate heat

the hands that
should be reaching
out are cut off at
the wrists bleeding
sanctimonious tripe
in defiance of the call
to love the
least , lost, and lonely
while sentencing each
embryo to death

guilty rings through
the room as we
continue to bleed the
embryo out with
ignorance born of
fear and shame and
the lie of the only way
being my way standing
on the corner shouting
belligerently to
repent or die

revelation rings through
the cosmos as the
embryo marches the
guilty to sheol while
silent tears are birthed
wresting the stumbling
breath of hope into a
silent scream reaching
to the ramparts and
calling forth the final
battle fought with
easter lilies

Lily

©vPoem and Photo by Terri Stewart

2 thoughts on “Eli Eli lama sabachthani?

  1. Wow, such contrast in this, Terri. While it might seem a strange juxstiposition, there is truth here. The youth are led by what they experience, and when there is nothing or no one to guide them, anything and everything rushes in to fill that vacuum. Luckily, there is a chance for redemption and resurrection (aside from religion) from the lives so many of them are born into. There is a lot to consider in your poem. Thank you!

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