what parent
chooses one child
over another

or a people

sending frogs and flies
to prove a point
of preference

the blood on the lintels,
the bodies of children
shattered like clay pots

the shouts of those parents, echoed
are more bitter than any herb you eat
to remember the price
of freedom.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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27 Responses to pass(ing)over

  1. Miriam E. says:

    “the blood on the lintels,
    the bodies of children
    shattered like clay pots”

    haunting, Susan… very powerful

  2. archcardinal says:

    A scathing indictment on the Judeo-Christian celebration of passover. Sometimes one looks at the middle East and wonder which God is right and which God should be fought for. It might even seem like these ‘Gods’ enjoy the diarchy as a sport for their amusement… Nice work

    • Obinna, thank you. I definitely have some issues with the God of the OT, and preferential treatment of some of His children… I think it would be in our best interest, as children of whichever God, to stop fighting over Him. Sigh. Of course, that will never happen. Happy Easter, friend.

  3. George Ellington says:

    So compelling, Susan. Your words well chosen and strong. Strength conveying fragility, and with it, the tragic power that sorrow imparts, the power to want, to do, to take action. At least, I would wish for such a world, one in which the suffering of one–especially of a child–evokes an immediate sense of loss and need in others. The history of a chosen people becomes a call to stand up for a neglected child. I know, sometimes I read my own thoughts into your writing, but that is one reason why I appreciate your writing so much–it does compel me to read. And to think. And to act.

    • George, thank you. You have no idea how much it means to me to have you say that, and, while I maintain that meaning depends on what the reader gets from the piece, the mindset I wrote from is quite similar to what these few lines are leading you to. Thanks again for such a marvelous comment!

  4. BroadBlogs says:

    Interesting how a bit of scripture can be seen in completely opposing ways, depending on the focus. Also strange how both perspectives could be true. And even odder that your rendering is both more obvious and more hidden.

  5. Lindy Lee says:

    We all play notes from the same keyboard, dear Susan, as you quite definitely point out to us, whether we recognize it or not. Another great piece of poetic writing…

  6. ManicDdaily says:

    A very interesting intense poem, thanks. (As is your shrinks one.) k.

  7. Alice Keys says:

    Susan, I like that these words go deep in the heart. Religion is a product of man, not of any God.So the limitations of religions are also those of man. Very nice, this one. Alice

  8. brian miller says:

    wow… hit some very emotional notes…having to choose between children…never a situation i would want to find myself in….ugh…the price of freedom as well is one we dont always weigh or consider as we should…

  9. jomul7 says:

    strange but for some reason, this makes me think of the Israel/Palestine unending blood shed.
    You did an amazing job to bring the horror of such decisions.

  10. nelle says:

    ruh roh, not a good day to run into a parenting post. Methinks I should not be of opinion.

  11. A bold but unusual look at a scripture narrative! Troubling! Probing! Questioning, yes deeply!

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