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by Raja Sharma
copyright 08-24-2008

Age Rating: 10 +
Picture Credits: Painting by a student

Hear now a heart cries

Under worldly load it tries

Make a move so sorrow flies.

Ask with love a question deep

Now where is the Maker of sheep?

In you will find love to keep.

Tears, sobs, pain give clear clue

Sad how lone way out is through

Yes, living God dwells in you.

By Rajasir 3rd June 2008

Author Notes
Instead of praying to God to come to help the poor and suffering, we should take the initiative and do the needful.

Now where is the Maker of Sheep? refers to Lord God and the answer"In you find love to keep" means God is within you and love is also there.

The sufferings of people make us realize that they are the clue to inspire us to find the living God within our existence and help them

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        11-09-2008     Eric Gasparich        

This poem also makes me think of a great little cartoon. Two boys are walking on a sidewalk. The first says, "I wonder why God doesn't do something about all the suffering in the world?" The second says, "Well, why don't you ask Him?" And the first boy responds, "Because I'm afraid He might ask me the same question."

Just so.

On the technical side, I'm with Frank on this one. The last stanza is begging for a third line.

Dare I arrogate to suggest one? Just this once. (*ashamed*)

Tears, sobs, pain give clear clue

Sad how lone way out is through

but, living God dwells in you.

Mere suggestion, but the title and the words make me think how our humanity seems to lie not in security and the avoidance of pain, but in risking ourselves and in facing things squarely.

Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes- Cicero
(It is foolish to be afraid of that which you cannot avoid.)

But of course it is yours to "fix" or leave as you will. My mere suggestion is worth what you paid for it. ;)

        09-11-2008     Arthur G. Finch        

My dear brother, you have not lost your touch during the past injustice. I am move at the way you cut to the bone of most issues. Here the poor are most helped by adding some doing/ helping to your praying. The words of Jesus were highlighted in your poem, i.e. "I was hungry and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave me drink, naked and you clothed me, in prison and you visited me....In as much as you have done it to the least of these my brother, you have done it unto me

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