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What does it mean to me



as I sit comfortably

facing once more

the sting,

of this

current uprising?

Their images burn in my head,

can’t comprehend that they’re dead-

Their fate sealed

by the dark masks

of looming doom

clenched fists, tight on swords,

menacing black


lips smack hate, serving death,

ushering in the end of all

for 21…

and I can’t stop wondering,

as I walk the edges of winter

so many worlds away-

 crying tears I don’t comprehend-







I wonder, your hearts

with brave face,


I envy your courage,

resent the blood-lust and hate

that brought you to the Holy Gate-

were you ready?

Did you wonder the things you’d yet to live?

Your loves left behind,

are weeping, weeping-

and we are weeping…

fearing not the repercussions

but only

if we would be able

to walk that same sandy shore,

to glory.

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:20

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22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cecelia Lester
    Feb 16, 2015 @ 19:42:00

    Dawn: This is so precious. You capture the heart- thoughts of all who believe in Christ and mourn the senseless loss of lives for those 21 courageous Christian men. Thank you for sharing this.


  2. Barbie
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 00:55:49

    Oh Dawn, this is absolutely wonderful! I cried as I heard the news, cried as I read your words. My heart aches for Jesus’ return.


  3. Mary Sayler
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 14:43:11

    Powerful poem, Dawn! You illustrate beautifully how poetry has the power to communicate and move others, even in the direst circumstances. Thank you. I’ll highlight this on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – http://www.christianpoetsandwriters.com. God bless you and your good work in Jesus’ Name.


  4. Carole Castagna
    Feb 17, 2015 @ 21:34:23

    How beautiful, Dawn, your soul…how true your love for the Lord. Thank you for your words that bless us. Carole


  5. Heather
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 22:05:31

    I am heart sick for the families of these brave Christians. I can’t imagine the pain left behind.


  6. shanyns
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 14:56:19

    So sad for the families, for all of us. 😦


  7. claudia
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 15:36:39

    it is heartbreaking – cannot even imagine what their families are going through.. tears..


  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 15:54:35

    A sadness indeed — so heartbreaking that this has to happen…


  9. Mary
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 16:00:03

    The sadness in this poem is palpable! Strong message.


  10. kanzensakura
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 16:08:42

    So poignant and so powerful – those 21. I am amazed the heavens the did not cry out at such horrendous murder. But one day, I think they will. Heartbreaking. ❤


  11. MarinaSofia
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 16:10:00

    This is a raw, deeply sad poem – and your repetitions and alliterations have that effect of sobbing.


  12. Tony Maude
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 17:44:10

    Now that’s poetry … it invites us to enter into an experience we have never had and hope never to have. Those of us with a faith like to think that if we had to we would never recant it, but when faced with the reality, what would we do? Hopefully, we’ll never find out.


  13. billgncs
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 18:08:40

    This was a beautiful heartfelt poem – one that said what I have been feeling, but really captures the anger, fear, and despair I have been feeling.


  14. Grace
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 18:19:54

    How sad for those courageous brothers and sisters ~ I pray and grieve with their families as well ~ This is a timely and meaningful post Dawn ~


  15. charliezero1.wordpress.com
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 18:20:49

    My heart felt your passionate words and your have an amazing mind and you’re a great writer.

    I truly love this poem. 🙂


  16. scotthastiepoet
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 18:58:08

    Indeed – spiritual truths achieved here I think –

    “without your loves…
    … to walk that same sandy shore,

    to glory.” Terrific! With Best Wishes scott


  17. Ken Higginson
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 19:20:41

    Very nice writing and yet so sad. I also envy their courage…

    “I envy your courage,

    resent the blood-lust and hate

    that brought you to the Holy Gate-

    were you ready?”

    To say so much with a simple question…


  18. katiemiafrederick
    Mar 12, 2015 @ 19:46:20

    And so sad in their heart of hearts in killing those 21 the perpetuators are driven by a lie to make room for Jesus by killing others.. i suppose that’s why GOD doesn’t speak in human language.. as it is too twisted to understand..:)


  19. lynn__
    Mar 13, 2015 @ 14:54:49

    Wow, Dawn… a poignant tribute to our courageous brothers…your pen inspired!


  20. Lacy J
    Mar 13, 2015 @ 22:54:07

    This is so thought-provoking. All great questions.

    I love this part, especially:
    “and I can’t stop wondering,
    as I walk the edges of winter”


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