The Nothingness of Fear from the United States from North Carolina

Carol Hallman has made this response in poetry to the fears about refugees and of refugees in these late days of 2015 in hopes that the 2016 will bring a newly open heart!

Batten down the hatches
Lock the doors
Bar the windows
Hunker down
Be quiet
Turn off the lights
Don’t breathe
Grab the weapons

Fear leads us into darkness
Fear drags us into the worst of who we are
Fear leads to anger
Anger leads to hatred
Hatred leads to violence
Fear leads us to absolutes
Fear leads us away from God

“Perfect love casts out fear”

A man fleeing violence around him
His wife and 7 children with him
Pay for safe passage across the sea
All but one drown
The father’s tears
As he faces a future
Bereft of the love of his life
Grieving the loss of family and of home

Children, men and women float
Up on shore
And instead of tears
Many turn away
For all we see
Is the face of a terrorist
Someone out to kill us all
If we let them in

“For you will also love the stranger, for you were once sojourners in the land of Egypt”

Thousands flee
ISIS violence
Thousands flee
The civil war
All they want
Is peace
All they want is hope
All they want is a new life
All they want is HOME

“As you did it to the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it to me”

But no one wants them
For they might be
Possibly could be
Sent as wolves in
Sheep’s clothing
A Trojan horse

“Love God, love your neighbor as yourself”

Fear leads us on a twisted path
Into the darkness
Of our souls
Into the place where it feeds
On itself
Multiplying, leading
Us into prejudices
Against race
Creed, color, gender

In the process we lose
A sense of who we are
As God’s beloved
Created in God’s own image
To be love, to live love
To breathe love into a world
Too full of hate

“And Jesus weeps”

The voice of fear is strong
And so we batten down the hatches
Lock the doors
Bar the windows
Hunker down
Be quiet
Turn off the lights
Don’t breathe
Grab the weapons

“And now these three remain;
Faith, hope and love, and the
Greatest of these is love”

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4 Responses to The Nothingness of Fear from the United States from North Carolina

  1. sugruerm says:

    Powerful and true, but O so sad that this state of how it is has followed our decade of praying for peace. Thank you for this timely reminder of essential Christian values

  2. Katherine Mills Myers says:

    Very powerful
    Thank you for sharing

  3. Maren says:

    Carol hold us all to account not just for our fear or intolerance but for our “not my problem” attitude as well.

  4. Emily Geoghegan says:

    Extremely powerful. Wow! Thank you.

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