weighed against the ashes of the tears

Untidy time and tide return
as blood unfolds
and houses burn,
as children cry as they journey on
to other lands
for theirs has gone.

And limbs lie strewn across their way
unattached
from easy prey
who simply lived before migrant fear
destroyed the old
and they fell victim here.

And all who seek to move frontiers
with bomb or gun or knife or spears
should place them in a balance
weighed against
the ashes of the tears.

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at ChristianWriters.com. His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: http://wordsculptures-keith.blogspot.com where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining ChristianWriters.com in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2004342 'a River of Small Stones': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1943350 'by still waters' : http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1488528 'a River of Small Stones ii': http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2419455 *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

1 thought on “weighed against the ashes of the tears

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    This is a moving and apposite work .It is ever the duty of Poets ,in particular,to be not merely the passive chroniclers of the present Age but for their words to shine a beam of light into its darker recesses.

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