April 1987

 

After Karltje ‘87

 

we walk through the wrack

of other’s ruin

uncaring

 

there

but for the grace of God

go we

 

bodies at our feet

 

once alive

 

victims of our love

the burden of us

that at last has laid them low

still uncaring

in the flames of our faith

 

empty eyes

at a preacher staring

hungry

in the midst of plenty

 

Christ

would have gone to the cross

just to save one child

from being lost*

 

suddenly opened

 

a hand extended

a body stands

 

again Christ lives!

 

*Randy Stonehill “Save the Children,”

from Celebrate This Heartbeat

 

Karltje is the annual talent show of the Eastern League YCF

 

I read somewhere once that we in North America comprise

about 10% of the world's population, yet we consume about

90% of the world's goods.  The roads to our homes are surely

littered with the bodies of those we have forsaken for our gain.