My harp is turned to mourning, and my flute to the voice of those who weep. Job 30:31
Our concert is turned to sadness
and the young woman,
whose voice ranged four octaves,
who worked against bullying,
who sang “dangerous women”
but spoke out for safety of young women
watching and listening to her,
is broken — tuned to the weeping
of so many families.
Our hearts are turned to mourning
for the grieving of Manchester,
for all the gifts and graces
never to be realized
of twenty-two who died,
for the nightmares of children,
parents, young people
who will always remember running
from the sounds of explosion.
Our prayers are a harmony of gratitude
for the speed of emergency workers,
the presence of counselors,
and the tenderness of families.
Sing to God this new music –
a lament in all the world
for the sorrows of this day
so strong that the voices of the future
will sing down violence
and lift up the hopes of us all.