poet Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Brother Roger Of Taize



A humble and fragile man
with a great heart
for respect, love and dialogue
among peoples of all nations.

With a call in your heart
you establish a community
of peace in Taize' -
a taste of God's kingdom on earth.

Yet you died a cruel death
never invoking revenge and hate
And even if your innocent blood
was oozing out of your breath
your brothers and ambassadors
of peace continued to sing the
Songs of Taize.

Brother Roger, thanks
for leaving us all
a great legacy of love,
fellowship and humility.

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Recalling the loving life of Brother Roger, the leader of the Taize community who died at the hands of an assassin. A peaceful man of God who died under violent hands. I would like to honor his memory by this short verse.

Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 18, 2012

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  • Captain Herbert PoetryCaptain Herbert Poetry (5/24/2015 7:43:00 PM)

    We honor the memory of your leader and this short verse poem for him
    Beautiful tribute poem

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    Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen(3/1/2019 4:24:00 AM)

    Thank you, Captain Herbert, for your response to this poem. It is beautiful to recall that we have people who work for peace in our world like Brother Roger and the people around him.

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  • Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/23/2012 2:24:00 AM)

    Thanks, Vipins, for your response. I salute Brother Roger for his kindness and great humility as servant of God. Much as I lament over his tragic death, I am comforted to reflect that his death showed the face of forgiveness.

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  • Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen (11/21/2012 2:55:00 PM)

    Thanks; Valerie, for your positive response.

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  • Poetheart MorganPoetheart Morgan (11/18/2012 9:34:00 PM)

    Towards a new solidarity! 's Always a hope for mankind the most when there is a commitment to human being! Do not forget Africa! !

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  • Vipins PuthooranVipins Puthooran (11/18/2012 4:03:00 PM)

    the last reverence/ great work! !

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  • Valerie DohrenValerie Dohren (11/18/2012 2:04:00 PM)

    A great tribute poem - well done.

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