He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Statistics

A fourteen year old boy lies bleeding in the street
Gunned down by a classmate
At the conclusion of a quarrel,
Hormonally induced
About a girl

At the funeral, his mother's screams rend thickened air
And strangers weep
Overcome by vicarious grief

In the back, another mother cries silently
For a son now known by number, not by name
And wonders whether her pain would have been greater
or less
If the gun had faced the other way

-Alexis Spencer-Byers