This Hymn’s No War Cry

this hymn is no war cry, just lyrical phrases

a humble song, performed without praises

may these words speak for justice

may these words seek what trust is

the breath of the earth tells us what truth is

may we savour the ocean like a rare wine

all that we love is still ripe on the vine

your army alters no one’s point of view

despite your power weapons will fail you

war heroes never escape death’s shadow

stated intentions catch in their undertow

you may command but who will follow you

we’ll thwart the plans of those who live by greed

share food with those who suffer from famine

we’ll remember the ones who are in need

we cannot serve both the poor and mammon

exiles in prison, we’ll give them release

rescue from death those our medicines cure

we’ll do what we can for justice and peace

our good works may be all that will endure

Nicholas Power

adapted from Psalm #33


About Nicholas Power

The poetry of Nicholas Power and his reviews of singular poems in a sequence titled Cadence.
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