Echoes

Lee's Summit JournalDecember 27, 2013 

hey joe

listen close

i know

the baby

may be

sleeping

and mary

too tired

to think

but you three

must leave

immediately

those foreign

tourists

who visited

were interrogated

earlier by

intelligence

they

traced

them

end this call

now

trash your

cell phone

they are

tracking

you

run run

take back roads

stay hidden

much as

possible

a drone strike

has been

approved

probably

launched

hurry man

your family

is marked

and the next

mornings

news reports

successful hit

multiple

casualties

several

children

among

the dead

however

it appears

that those

primarily

targeted

may have

escaped

learning

the story

later

their son

must have

wondered

why

did i

survive

as time

went by

he searched

among people

who laughed

cried

worked

worried

suffered

hoped

lived died

did he ever

discover

a reason

as a new year

dawns

i ask of

myself

the same

question

h.

 

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

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