When the Facebook bell starts ringing
To tell of more lives taken
By men with names that are not like ours
You always say the same thing,
Time after time after time.
That they are monsters and
Inhuman and cannot
For they are not like us
No brother, not at all.
But I say, brother, you’re a liar
And maybe sister, you forgot
The things we used to say in high school
The songs we sang when we were young.
A little too in love with easeful death.
And I say how fortunate were we
And the heretics we hated
And the infidels we feared
And I say thank Christ he made it clear
Which end of the gun we are to stand on.
Something has happened while we were sleeping
Something has happened while we were in bed.
The winter has ended all of her weeping
And spring has come to the land of the dead.
An answer came to all of our hoping
“Come from the four winds, and breathe on the slain”
And the graves in our hearts have been opened
Come out and play in the wind and the rain.
Sing to the Lord from your unroofed cathedral,
Sing to the Lord from your half-built heart.
Sing to the Lord, all ye mid-restoration,
Sing to the Lord, all ye falling apart.
How many times has he died today?
In hospices and on highways
In NICUs and in nursing homes,
Dirty apartments and death rows?
In how many ways was he pierced today?
By crack and chemotherapy
By fentanyl and friendly fire
Drive-by, drone strike and drunk driver?
In how many tombs was he laid today?
In plastic urns and in mass graves
In lime pits and in tidy rows
Left on his cross and to his crows?
How many times is he risen today?
It is not given me to say.
But all that is within me cries
He does not die, except to rise.
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Lord over the laughing child
And over schools last day
Lord over their long delight
And their unending play
Lord of the dripping morphine
And the necrotic sore
Lord of the catheter bag
And the unopened door.
Lord of the daughters of Lot
And sons of Abraham
Lord of his forsaken self
For whom he sends no ram.
Lord of the unanswered cry
And of the lonely bed
Lord who came to be with us
Both the living and the dead
Blessed be the name of the Lord.