An Ordinary Sunday In July 2012

An Ordinary Sunday In July


Yesterday a birthday cake

To mark a friend,

And in the wake

Of cake & frosting,

Massacre & wasting –


precious  life.

Today, in churches,

Darkness from the year before

Lighting up to even up

The score

Of yet another massacre.


Syria: a nightmare for the Biblicist;

Treasured lives and history wiped out;


One more ousting

of the tyrant.


As we watch from sofas.

Sunday TV shows us

Words and hymns;

Wars, grim vultures.

It is our times, our culture.


An Ordinary Sunday In July 7.22.2012

Our Times, Our Culture II;

Arlene Corwin


For those who want the facts: July 22, 2011 Anders Breivik blew up a government building in Oslo, killing eight people, then traveled to the island of Utoya dressed as a policeman.  Armed to the teeth he went on to massacre 69 young people gathered there.

On July 20, 2012 James Holmes of Colorado entered a cinema also ‘armed to the teeth’ shot killed twelve and wounded many more people, the youngest a child of six.

In Syria, the dictator continues to bomb and kill his own citizens – for the sake of staying in power.


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