(Holy Saturday)

How to carry the world’s pain –

the cries of the children,

the palsy of their great-grandparents

confused with the tremors of memory;

the subtle, internal turmoil that turns

digestion upside down –

violence is not a visitor but

an ever-present guest.

It trains the hearts that pound the nails,

hardens the hands against the kickbacks –

iron echoes.


Iron echoes.

In the lead-lined core of history

there is one who is still absorbing

the repercussions.

About Rosalind C Hughes

Rosalind C Hughes is a priest and author living near the shores of Lake Erie. After growing up in England and Wales, and living briefly in Singapore, she is now settled in Ohio. She serves an Episcopal church just outside Cleveland. Rosalind is the author of A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing , and Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, both from Upper Room Books. She loves the lake, misses the ocean, and is finally coming to terms with snow.
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