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I hear a wail


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I hear from the distance a wail,
Abraham weeping for his wife Sarah,
the woman who journeyed with him
to the unknown, to a promise for a child.

I hear from the distance a wail,
Jacob missing Rachel
who gave him both love and children,
his beloved, well into his years.

I hear from the distance a wail,
of David grieving for a prince, a friend, Jonathan,
who stood by him, without rancor, 
giving way to a new king, God's choice.

I hear my own wail from my heart
for a friend whose limit to serve, 
death has cut short, claimed, 
a beautiful friend of God.

(NOTE: A good friend of mine from my youth was claimed by breast cancer today. This just came out spontaneously as my outlet for my grief.)

"Words are not things, and yet they are not non-things either." - Ann Lauterbach

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  • 3 weeks later...

Grief. This is a perfect example of Frost's admonition of "grief, not grievances". Tender, haunting. AND fierce.

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David W. Parsley

Marti stole and bettered all my best observations.  Joel, what a way to remaster a universal bereavement in the roots of a deep and sacred culture.

- David

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