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Henry Ossawa Tanner - Christ and Nicodemus on a Rooftop

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for the little ones with furrowed brows

for those slowed by stiffness and disbelief

for those who ran out of time or just in time

for those ground down to powder

for those whose feet have gone groundless

for those who loathe all who are unlike themselves

for those whose losses howl in the heart

for those who time how long it takes to heal

for those who time the kill

for those who want revenge on strangers

for those who charge into flames for strangers

for those who’ve scraped the dark’s knife-edge

for those who lead and light the way

for those who pray in black and white

for those whose prayer is dim or blocked

let the muscles of their brows unknit

let disbelief be illumined by possibility

let the ashes mix with water

let them cleanse the crying ground

let groundlessness become a memory

let loathing’s crouching corners fill with light

let the jagged wounds of loss be healed

let flames of hatred sputter and utterly die

let love quench the endless thirst for blood

that the terrible rendings may cease

that no one ever again would be to us a stranger

that our voices would swell to gorgeous song

that our bodies would fill with light

that our lives might be a prayer

Kathleen McCoy

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