Spilled Blood: Requiem for Innocence (Collaboration)

Shots ring out in the night sky, and once again so we say goodbye;
Spirits of hatred haunt and taunt lovers of peace, who never cease
To lift the torch of understanding without reprimanding the outcasts,
Who are ever marginalized, demonized, and unfairly, vilely despised.

In a world of different faiths, no god of love and life embodies such an act of hate
An evil against humanity itself, by humans considered as monsters
Though human nevertheless, born first out of love
A light still shines from above as hearts are darkened for the fallen

Blood runs deep through the streets as hearts bear the pain;
Has the whole world gone insane? Is this the bane of our existence?
Are we condemned to condemn what we do not understand?
Are we doomed to take the bait of animosity to satiate blood lust?

Questions upon questions, the answers get lost in the chaos
After we rebuild ourselves from the grief, we must stand against these atrocities;
We must stand against ignorance, hatred, injustice;
We must stand for our mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and brothers.

Note: This is by far one of my most potent, heart-wrenching collaborations to date (which is not to disparage my others!) And I am deeply grateful to Josslyn Rae Turner for affording me the privilege of working with me on this provocative poem. She was most gracious, and an astute, talented partner.


8 thoughts on “Spilled Blood: Requiem for Innocence (Collaboration)

  1. Thank you again, Jonathan, for allowing me to be a part of this important and powerful piece. Although it will fall on some deaf ears, there are others who will open their hearts, and that is our purpose.

  2. Jonathan and Josslyn,
    You both have captured our hearts with these lines. May their souls rest in peace, and may the world learn more of love and forget hate..
    Love and blessings to both of you!!

    1. Thank you so much, Tony. This was precisely our goal: An unrestrained, heart-wrenching, convicting tribute to the victims. As always, all the best to you, my friend!

  3. Like I told Joss, it’s wonderful to see two of my dear friends sharing their skilled pens on a subject as relevant as this. Great job, you two!

    1. Thank you so much, my friend. As I replied to Tony: This was precisely our goal: An unrestrained, heart-wrenching, convicting tribute to the victims. Blessings to you!

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