Echoes

May 24, 2013 

thats where

our people

are buried

or

we scattered

her ashes

here

or

there

we donated

his body

or

beneath

this exploded

buildings

rubble

they remain

or

by intent

accident

they rest

in those

watery

depths

or

reported

missing

in war

abduction

their bodies

were never

recovered

all these are

places

spaces

situations

made

sacred

by

a presence

absence

signaling

life

ended

as was

said

recently

we are not

barbarians

we bury

the dead

even

more

we

remember

them

their

greatest

gift

to us

is

some

good

memory

and

whatever

helps

keep

hold of

cherish

that

we best

take

time

for

because

the culture

that ignores

those

who

have

died

before

has less

claim

to being

civilized

h.

Hubert Neth, a United Methodist pastor, has been contributing to the Journal for more than 20 years.

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