Snippets from Detention

The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.
~John 1:5

…tortured…
…raped…
…thrown out…
…beaten…
…sold…
…discarded…
…ignored…
…forgotten…
…lost…

…i pray for my father's death…
…i wanted to be president…
…i miss my children…
…i don't need anybody…
…i have to be wanted…
…i wonder where god is…

…sold…
…tortured…
…beaten…
…crucified…
…lost…

…resurrected…

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Submitted to the Poetry Rally.

Categories: Poetry Spirituality

22 comments

  1. Morning said on December 14, 2011
    powerfully sad, well done. Happy Rally.
  2. zongrik said on December 14, 2011
    very persuasive and heartbreaking
  3. Life: Between the lines said on December 14, 2011
    thanks for shedding the light, reminding us to do right :) happy rally!!! http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/discomfort/
  4. charlesmashburn said on December 14, 2011
    Great writing about a hard truth. http://charleslmashburn.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/a-thousand-candles/
  5. wordcoaster said on December 14, 2011
    Powerful poem--I've seen so many of these stories, it's heartbreaking.
  6. becca givens said on December 14, 2011
    Heartbreaking but powerful write!
  7. Kay Salady said on December 15, 2011
    Power in poetry/power in prayer. What a wonderful way to reach the hearts and minds of those who need to be educated to the fact that our children are the future and the world's children belong to all of us. Amen
  8. maitreyeechowdhury said on December 15, 2011
    Very moving..thanks for sharing
  9. Adrian Giannini said on December 15, 2011
    Interesting write, short word form is a powerful way, I use it often :)
  10. Nel said on December 15, 2011
    Straight-forward and honest. The context is an eye-opener. Nice work.
  11. CC Champagne said on December 16, 2011
    Absolutely something worth more than a cursory thought in this manic dash for Christmas... Brilliant and sad!
  12. Wyoming Diva said on December 16, 2011
    I wonder where God is, indeed. Thanks for sharing!
  13. Jennifaye said on December 16, 2011
    Powerful piece.
  14. terri0729 said on December 17, 2011
    Wow, heart wrenchingly done!! Well said. Blessings, Terri
  15. Jo Bryant said on December 17, 2011
    a beautifully heartbreaking piece
  16. Renee Espriu said on December 17, 2011
    Thank You for sharing and for doing what you do.
  17. crayfish said on December 18, 2011
    i'm going to be honest, i didn't get much out of that - it doesn't mean it is not powerful though
  18. Victoria Ceretto-Slotto said on December 18, 2011
    It's hard to think of this reality, so real. Well-expressed.
  19. Rosie Gan said on December 19, 2011
    Each single word has a rhythm...and feels like a punch in the face. We need to face the reality of what life is like for many. Thank you . Rosie
  20. sfederle said on December 19, 2011
    Powerful, concise writing. We all carry both heaven and hell within our hearts. Beautiful poem.
  21. elainedanforth said on December 21, 2011
    Very powerful and hard hitting. Pulling no punches about what is still not right with the world. A good piece of writing. I am curious to know whether you meant to suggest any hope in the situation, with the final word-- resurrected. Whether God does re-enter the picture at that point, or no.
    1. Terri said on December 21, 2011
      I think there is hope. Resurrection can be a personal resurrection or re-creation into something new. The question is what takes us from *here* in desolation to *there* in hope? Also, the second stanza is to show that God is walking with us through these pains, doubts, and horrifying tragedies and God's gift was resurrection.

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