A Grief Observed
The sign was a plea for social justice
Hit and run death had taken him
Father, son, husband, uncle -
It depended on how you entered the tragedy.
Then it was gone
Then it was back
Now it appears no more
While green grass grows
Beside black asphalt.
Some force unseen
Could not tolerate the protest
With its silent cry
While Jesus sheds a tear in heaven.
WAG note: I believe Kenneth Patchen's 'The Deer and the Snake' has influenced the development of this offering.