who are we?

who are we?
walking through this world
as if we are without consequence
bangledesh sewing our pants
for fifty cents an hour
claiming that we do not
enslave or put people
into jeopardy, innocent of
wrong-doing watching court tv
and accusing those
raised without light while
we horde the oil.
it will not matter that
we have Abraham as our ancestor.

~Terri Stewart, Dec. 2010

Meditation on Matthew 3:1-12, prompted this morning by Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts and the question, "who are the kindred?"  Sometimes, the kindred are not pretty.



  1. Jingle said on December 6, 2010
    admirable job, true, we can learn from our previous leaders... keep up the excellence. I invite you to participate in poets rally week 34. follow the ping back link and place your poem in, poetry awards are assigned upon completion. Happy Monday! The Deadline is Wednesday
  2. budhaaah said on December 7, 2010
    Good questions !! Interesting read
  3. Jingle said on December 7, 2010
    you did perfect job, hang in there... feel free to visit as many participants as possible, be patient about getting feedback. Happy Tuesday! :)
  4. Curtis Honeycutt said on December 7, 2010
    A plea for just living in an unjust world. This kind of prophetic poetry is my absolute favorite. I'm glad I got to read this today!
  5. Wysteria said on December 7, 2010
    Wonderful write. It makes me stop and think. That, is a real gift Wysteria
  6. megzone said on December 8, 2010
    when have we been able to answer ths one... beautiful poem.. i lvoe the depth of your thoughts and words... lovely one dear M here from Jingle's Rally
    1. Terri said on December 8, 2010
      Thanks so much! I think we might have the answer, we just don't have the courage and self-control. But maybe I'm just cranky this morning.
  7. robin ellen lucas said on December 8, 2010
    i like your style of writing... you drew me in, even to a subject i usually pass over lately.
    1. Terri said on December 8, 2010
      This subject usually makes my heart burn with fire and lately it seems to be stuck without expression (perhaps like real life). Thank you for the encouragement! It is helpful to me.
  8. beautifulchaos1315 said on December 8, 2010
    Interesting, passionate, very nice :)
  9. said on December 8, 2010
    A very well put question, indeed.
  10. lukewater said on December 8, 2010
    A very smooth read, and thought-provoking -Luke
  11. Chamz said on December 10, 2010
    who are we? for me, we are what we are. nice piece. :)

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