Anointed
by Krystina Kelly

Take these unblessed ashes and place them on your forehead
Anoint your sons and daughters with this dust
Hold this blackened Eucharist on your tongue
Construct a prayer for those who had no time to speak
A song for those whose lives remain unsung
Recall, as you inhale their smoke
The world, the way it was, before you woke
A yesterday when drums and bagpipes called us not to funerals
When snowy wafts of ticker tape announced a glad parade
To celebrate the "boys of summer" in their hour of glory
Give faithful homage to a game well played
By rules that every schoolchild agreed must be upheld
For that remembered world our parents made
These ashes are communion, or flesh and steel ignited
When a world, no longer young, witnessed unleashed terror
That drew our city's blood
A pain, that swallowed, made us stand as one
Take these unblessed ashes and place them on your forehead
Anoint your sons and daughters with this dust


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Poem Copyright 2008 by Krystina Kelly

 

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