Slaughter of the Innocents

Herod's fury vented on Bethlehem
Boils over in Beirut and Sharm
And if not there, then Paris or Bamako,
Where fear fuels the fires of wrath
Pent up in decades of discontent,
Exploding into acts of vengeance,
Causing parents to flee to Egypt,
And if not there, then Europe.
Yet the child spared death in infancy
Faces execution with thorns and nails,
That could stay the bombings of today,
Bringing peace instead of conflict.

But still the Christ Child cries,
While the Prince of Peace weeps.

Advent 2015

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Flowers in bullet holes in the windows of the Bonne Biere cafe Nov. 17, 2015, in tribute to the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris