what news awaits

There is such sadness in the day.

Sadness that reflects

selfish choices, made

by those who mean well.

Lives divided by

ambition and anxiety:

narrow vision leads to

no escape for those who,

for one reason or another,

believe themselves

bound by

different duty.

Culture plays its role

within these

family dramas –

culture of origin,

and of circumstance –

finally of destination.

For no one seems to understand

the decisions taken

in desperation

are leading us – together –

to destruction

of a kind.

The soul-destroying

sadness soaks the ground

and causes much

of what would otherwise

sustain us

to stick thickly

to our feet,

making progress


and painful.

Yet an expectation hovers

just beyond tomorrow’s

hazy-hued horizon –

full of God’s own


fresh and packed

with promised


strength that lets us

start again,



June 23 – 2015

JR Lackie


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