BE STILL…

BE STILL…

In the face of tumultuous waves raised up
from my disturbed seas
salt and water and source of life
bringer of crashing, howling death
mayhem
pain
wrenching separation
be still…

BE STILL…

In the face of unyielding human
pettiness and willful mistrust
narrowed eyes
arms raised in supplication
and learned suspicion
oh, my people
is this hate so
impenetrable,
even in the face of
a shifting, trembling earth
be still…

BE STILL…

In the face of
all of your greatness
it is only what
you should do
and it is
very good
but can it outweigh
the
unreachable
untouchable
be still…


BE STILL…

The Angels did herald
Gloria in excelsis deo
a virgin brought forth
a babe…
Magi presented
gifts
and
deep below
in the netherword
a foot
stomped
in
angry defeat

2000 years later
the earth shudders

an echo of glory?
a reverberating rage?

Be still…

BE STILL…

look up from your
timewasters, your
playstations and iPods
and text messages
and mind-numbing
tele-everything

move away from
your clicking
communiques
and shiney
spokespeople

and try to LISTEN
be still…

BE STILL…

and while
your planet
your city
your home
your mind
roils
and churns
and so many
souls
have gone silent

try…
try to hear it
a message
that can only be heard
in the still

in the quiet

It is for you
here and now

Be still…

About Elizabeth Scalia

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