Michael Silver

(12/17/95)

Cold Embers


Like small embers they glowed
Illuminating what little light they had
Yet they promised to set the world ablaze
Then a murderous tempest blew
Its cold winds muffled their hissing screams
Under kindle they could not hide
And the efforts of good hearted men could not shield them
Now we are shrouded in darkness
Covered in a shawl of guilt
Depression
Hatred
Fear
And pity
We have been blinded
No candle shall we light from them so as to pray
No lantern shall be brightened for our paths to be seen
No torches shall be lit so that we may gather together
And the hopes and dreams of warmth and safety shall not be known to many
Now there are still other braziers from which we may take embers
Who promise to do better than others
But we may never forget this day
This day of darkness
The day when shadows crept into our homes
When our hearts went cold with black scars
Let us never forget this terrible night when nations prayed to God as one
Because some are still waiting for an answer

Submitted: Sunday, December 16, 2012

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My prayers go out to all those who face hardships and injustice.

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