Slaughter of the Innocents, 2018


Migrants disembark from a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement bus in Arizona


And are you still so certain,
Mighty One,
you upon whose sword
so many have been slain,

that this brown child,
this terrified, abandoned one,
torn from a mother’s arms
and wailing
at the half-built wall,

is not the Second Coming
of the One whose name you claim,
disguised among the Least of These,
helpless, innocent,
to be seen?


© 2018 Penelope J. Stokes


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6 Responses to Slaughter of the Innocents, 2018

  1. Carl Scheider says:

    Amen to that. I have a story.
    I was in Africa in 2000, sitting on the porch of a missionary priest out on the Serengeti. A young Maasai boy came up – started talking to my friend. My friend went inside and came back with some money, which he gave to the boy. I asked him what that was about. He said: “That boy is the 2nd smartest kid in all of Tanzania. But he doesn’t have enough money for books and uniform for high school. I am helping him out.”
    What kind of world does not work to give education and opportunity to everyone of these priceless humans with whom we share the planet? What might that kid accomplish, with just a little bit of help?

    Thanks. You do good work.

  2. Sandi Rice says:

    Penny thank you for sharing your beautiful gift of word-smithing. You are such an incredible artist who paints vivid pictures with words and phrases. You have blessed me over and over again with your writing. Keep speaking truth in beauty!

  3. Maren says:

    Thank you so very, very much.

  4. Maren says:

    Reblogged this on Gifts in Open Hands and commented:
    Deep thanks to Penny Stokes who sends us to a new Advent.

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