Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Road To Damascus - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

You were once a meeting place
of human goodness -
of the Good Samaritan, saving
the fallen victim of the hiding thieves,
a road to friendship
against the bridge of enemies,
the road to humility
with the ability to forgive.

You were once a meeting point
of human newness -
of Saul, the intolerant,
persecutor of Christians,
blinded by light,
and yet rode back to this road
as Paul with renewed eyesight.

Damascus, a meeting road
of human goodness and newness
met by the Lord of Light,
and yet today has turned
to be an open graveyard
guarded by violence and blood.


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Just amazed to discover the place of Damascus in the Biblical stories in the life of Paul who was once Saul and in the given parable of Jesus on the Good Samaritan. Damascus or Syria has a special place in the hearts of those who read the Bible. And it is so sad to note that Syria, at present, is crying in pain everyday. May God have mercy on the Syrian people.

Comments about Road To Damascus by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/17/2012 3:16:00 PM)


    Dear Thomas, the situation in Syria is indeed very alarming, like a royal red sunset of blood. Let us continue to hope for peace in Syria. (Report) Reply

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  • (9/1/2012 3:55:00 PM)


    A sad and poignant reminder of where we have fallen.We must consolidate our diversity
    of Gods. A thought envoking write
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 1, 2012


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