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Wednesday, 20 August 2014


Three hundred eyes for an eye,
Three hundred teeth for a tooth.
Where is the truth?
The wise and ancient retaliation law
Couldn’t just stand;
Planned or unplanned,
One way or the other it moved.
The Messiah came with the challenge –
No eye for an eye,
No tooth for a tooth,
Leading to Peace and reconciliation.
Do cry,
But, together, face the truth.
Not easy.
But now the three hundred eyes and teeth
Fly in the face of humanity:
One mother is not more a mother than another,
One father is not more a father….
One child is not more a child ….
One sister, one brother …..
How can ‘leaders’ be so blind?
What has become of our common humankind?
© John D.Kirwan 
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 Wirral born (1940!) and bred. Catholic missionary, ordained 1965. Uganda 65-68; Paris 68-71; Kenya 71-73; The Netherlands 73-78;Paris 78-79; Zaïre/DRC 1980----; Interested in poetry since the 1950's. (Title to fame: Clare Kirwan's uncle!)

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