“First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists, but I was neither, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.”
- MARTIN NIEMÖLLER

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

These Are A Part of Me

Prayer

Forgive my reticence, Father
It is a long way
to reach across and around
all these centuries
and to see through
the stained glass windows 
of all those churches

I try to read the words
but the words are worn
with traveling through
several languages, reading
at the edges, torn by idiom
and stretched to fit tradition

But the strength
of the fabric 
is there, weathering
like faded blue denim ...

Forgive my reticence Father
I am a slow learner - - -
We are all slow learners
when it comes
to love - - -

Clovita Rice
 

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