Saiom Shriver

Gold Star - 21,196 Points (Ohio)

Silent Culpability - Poem by Saiom Shriver

Each and every hour
Pope Francis speaks
truth to power.

Topic(s) of this poem: arms

Poet's Notes about The Poem


Part of Pope Francis' speech to the US Congress, the first time in 239 years that a Pontiff spoke to the legislative body.

'Being at the service of dialogue and peace also means being truly determined to minimize and, in the long term, to end the many armed conflicts throughout our world. Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.'

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Comments about Silent Culpability by Saiom Shriver

  • Kelly Kurt (9/24/2015 5:44:00 PM)

    A powerful poem. Thank you for the author's notes, Saiom.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 24, 2015

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