Another Poem for Paris: Tears of Blood

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Prayers and Tributes for Paris

A number of wonderful poems, articles, and forum posts offering prayers, sympathy and tributes to Paris and those who died in the shocking terrorist attacks on the night of 13th November, 2015. One such poem was written by Janis Lesley Evans (janshares) called: "Paris Attacks | Another Random Act of Violent Terrorism Poem" which is heartfelt and a must read. Jan's poem also inspired me to write my own. This poem is dedicated to those who died in the Paris attacks as well as in other terrorist attacks around the world. My own country Australia has suffered ISIS related killings and a number of terrorist plots thwarted by authorities.

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Tears of Blood

Have you ever been afraid

Or fearful for your life,

A time when you had no control

But in the hands of fate?


Has danger stared you in the face

And snatched your breath away,

Made life flash before your eyes,

And you sought God's saving grace?


In the Land of Liberty

Where lovers honeymoon,

Evil raised it's ugly head

Beneath Black Friday moon.


Think about the innocents

Partaking Paris' charms,

When terror overtook the streets

And shattered all the calm.


The Devil came to Paris

On that November 13th night,

Killing without mercy

In the City of the Light.

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Spectators at a football match

Called a friendly game,

Diners of some fine French food,

Killed in ISIS name.


Music fans were targetted

Doing what they love,

Now listening to rock and roll

In God's concert hall above.


Death and murder elsewhere,

Like Syria and Lebanon.

It doesn't matter where you die,

So we all must stand as one.


To all the dead and wounded,

For you the tributes flood.

Peace lovers cry around the world,

Weeping tears of blood.

© 2015 John Hansen

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annart 12 months ago from SW England

Outstanding, John! This is heart-felt, made me cry. In fact, I've been crying on and off since Friday. Trying to piece together a hub but my thoughts and emotions aren't clear.

Well done to you for doing this. Each tribute, each poem, each action of support is a weapon against this outrage. Paris' courage to keep life as normal as possible is palpable. I have friends there who are, thankfully, all safe, but my heart aches for those who were not.

We are likely to have more here, in fact several attempts have been thwarted so far; it won't be long before they succeed with another atrocity.

Thank you for penning this piece, John. It lifts my friends' hearts to know that so many around the world are with them in thought and prayer.

Ann


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for being the first to read and comment Ann. I was shocked by what I saw on the news the morning only hours after the attacks, though I can't say I was surprised. Most governments are expecting terrorist attacks to take place, the trouble is knowing when and where they will occur. I too admire how the people of Paris have shown such level-headedness and resolve in the aftermath. I am glad all your friends are safe but my prayers are with all who weren't so fortunate.


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shprd74 12 months ago from Bangalore

very sad indeed for this event. India too has faced this and facing it. complex political historical reasons are causing the innocent to bleed. time is ripe to act as world citizens forgoing religion, race, nation or sex.

check my poem society.

- hari


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Ericdierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

So damned difficult to reconcile such murderous contempt for life. So hard to see some light in such darkness. Your poetry soothes the angst and helps on the road to recovery of loss. This tribute begins to put beauty back into life. Sadness for the hate makes us need such poetry. Thank you


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Eric, it is so difficult to comprehend atrocities like this. It is hard to feel anything but hate and contempt for the perpetrators. Thank you for the kind words in regard to my poetry. Just trying to do my small bit through words.


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billybuc 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

I have no words, John! I simply do not understand how it has come to this.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Bill, it is a sad state when the world has come to this. Good is supposed to overcome evil...right?


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Jackie Lynnley 12 months ago from The Beautiful South

You said it so well...

Good should overcome evil and could overcome evil. Paris was a horror but look at the millions slaughtered (many children and even babies) while we all stand around and go on with our lives like, "Don't look!" "Don't touch!"

It could be stopped and we all know it and if it isn't soon it could be us next. They don't lie about it; they want to kill us all or anyone who is not them. Yet we don't have ears to hear.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and a very insightful comment Jackie. It all has to be stopped sooner than later. It is impossible to ignore.


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Larry Rankin 12 months ago from Oklahoma

Beautifully stated.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Larry. Cheers!


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Diana Lee 12 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

This is a beautiful tribune to the victims and their loved ones. Dangers are everywhere. We can't be off guard for even a minute. God help us all.


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Dana Tate 12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Beautiful Jodah, I am ashamed to admit I had not heard about the Paris terrorist attacks until I went to a church musical Sunday and we said a prayer for the victims. Where was I not to have heard you ask yourself? I have no idea. May God be a comfort to those family members in their time of need.


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janshares 12 months ago from Washington, DC

Beautiful, Jodah. My stomach was in knots as I read the words, "Has danger stared you in the face . . ." which is exactly what happened to those in the concert hall, one-by-one. I can scarcely take it in. Thank you for joining in the poem tributes. Many thanks and gratitude for highlighting my poem. I'm honored. Peace to you.


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always exploring 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

Excellent poetry John. I watched this horrible event unfold on T V, such a stupid waste of innocent life. It gave me a feeling of closeness. We in every country are united in heart and spirit. We no longer live in a safe world. Pray for the leaders all over the world.


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cam8510 12 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

A very moving verse, John. "In the land of liberty where lovers honeymoon." I love these words.


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manatita44 12 months ago from london

An outstanding contribution, Bro. Let us all remember the relatives, the innocents ...those in prayer ..all those who love and seek the peace that passeth all human understanding ...

My empathies with all those who mourn and are afflicted at this present time.


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Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

Wonderful John! you have said it so well, its just so sad, depressing and downright evil, at this time we just need to pray for them, wonderfully put, nell


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this Diana. We do have to be constantly vigilant at the present time, it could happen anywhere.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Dana, don't be ashamed. Sometimes it is best not to know about such atrocities, and better to be in a happy place which you may have been. I'm sure your prayers were heard.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jan. Glad you liked this tribute poem. It was inspired largely by yours, and it was a pleasure to share it. Peace.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ruby, the only positive about tragic acts like this is it acts as a catalyst for bringing the world closer together in unity against evil.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank for reading and for your kind comment Chris.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Manatita, thank you for your kind words. Let peace now reign across the world.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Nell, yes it is very sad, and all we can offer is prayer for now.


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Carb Diva 12 months ago

My heart, my very soul aches--too much sorrow, suffering, sadness. Thank you for this beautiful remembrance.


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Faith Reaper 12 months ago from southern USA

John, you have expressed the sentiments so well here in your poetry tribute to all the victims. The world must unite against this evil that will just continue to grow and take innocent lives if not stopped once and for all.

Prayers to all


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Rumpled Skin 12 months ago from Wherever there is sincere fun and friendship being shared.

I think the best tribute we could give might be to shun the smut around us, and do what the recent American awarded the Medal of Honor suggested: live our lives so as to honor theirs.

Good poetic effort, John.


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Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

A beautiful tribute to the victims of devil outbursts. It is very deep felt flowing from the sorrowful hearts.


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swalia 12 months ago

Those who kill in the name of religion have never read or understood their scriptures. All religions preach love and compassion.Spirituality and Value Education is the need of the hour.

Prayers for the ones affected by this tragedy...May love and peace reigns the world!


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Carb Diva, it seems we only just get over the sadness from one tagedy when the next one occurs. It is becoming too common an occurrence. Thank you for reading this.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Theresa, this evil needs to be stopped very soon. All leaders need to get together and find a solution. I know they are currently discussing the problem. Thanks for your kind comment.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Rumpled Skin, yes we need to go on with our lives as normal. If we let things like this disrupt our normal routine the terrorists win, and we can't give them the satisfaction.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Venkat. The victims and their families need our prayers.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

True Swalia, ISIS should not be able to claim that any atrocities they commit is the will of Allah or in the name of Islam. All young people need to be educated to know the true teachings of their religions. Their can never be too many prayers.


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drbj 12 months ago from south Florida

Your poetry, Jodah, is beautiful and touching. We - all the people of the free world - must find a way together to stop these beasts who are less than human in finding ways to commit further barbaric atrocities and murder.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Drbj, those are my feelings exactly. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Frank Atanacio 12 months ago from Shelton

Jodah this was sadly enjoyable my friend :)


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MsDora 12 months ago from The Caribbean

Truly an universal evil to which your poem responds with an appeal for universal oneness; yet we feel individually. I join in the prayers and tears.


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Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

I thought about writing something in tribute myself, but have been very ill these past couple days. Right now, I don't think I have the words to express the sadness I feel, not only for Paris, but other countries that have suffered so much at the hands of these monsters.

You have done a lovely job writing a dedication to the victims Jodah.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Frank. Glad you enjoyed reading this despite the subject.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes MsDora, it is a universal evil and the countries of the world need to unite to defeat it. Thank you for adding your prayers and tears.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Firstly Missy, I am sorry that you have been very ill these last few days. Thank you for your kind comment and you are right in describing these terrorists as "monsters". They need to be stopped, and soon. You get well soon too. Blessings.


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Phyllis Doyle 12 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Tears for Paris and Her people, for the innocents who died at the hands of ISIS - tears for all the innocents around the world that the evil have taken away from us - these tears wet our cheeks and make us ask, "Why?" By what right do the evil have to take lives? May God deliver justice.

Your poem brings tears to my eyes and fills my heart with a demand for justice. Thank you, Jodah.

I found your poem on Pinterest and will repin. Also H+ and G+


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Phyllis, yes it is all worthy of tears. No matter what they try to use as their motivation there isn't any. They are just evil and doing the devil's work. Good will eventually win win out. Thank you for sharing on Pinterest, Google + and HP.


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida

We surely MUST all stand as one...stand together or fall alone. How powerfully and passionately you painted the images of this egregious event. One that turned upside down and inside out the lives of so many...including the world wide community.

So thoughtfully shared, Jodah.

Angels are on the way to you and to all of those who are suffering tonight from this horrid act. ps

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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes there in strength in unity. If there has ever been a reason for the countries of the world to join together in a united cause this is it. Thank you for sending out angels to all who need them, and for sharing, pinning and tweeting.


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DDE 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

It is sad and you have written a well-thought of hub.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Devka, yes it is a sad subject and there has been another confrontation in Paris since I wrote this.


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fpherj48 12 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah.......Such utter tragedies. Senseless, cruel, devastating attacks upon innocent human beings merely living their lives with no thought of the savagery about to occur. It is so far beyond comprehension.

Your poem has stirred every emotion. This is one of those very dark moments when our hearts are too heavy to bear. Thank you,


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Paula.. these are senseless tragedies and it seems like these terrorist attacks will continue to increase around the world until ISIS can be eradicated. This may be easier said then done because they seem to have recruited naive and marginalized youth in countries around the world. Thank you for reading my poem and for your generous comment..


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agvulpes 12 months ago from Australia

John deeply moved by your poem... :(


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Peter, I am glad this poem moved you. It is a pity it is about such a sad and frustrating subject. Take care.


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lollyj lm 12 months ago from Washington KS

Your words about this ghastly night are beautifully written. I have no words of my own to speak, so will let yours stand in my stead. Well done.


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mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello John. What a deeply heartfelt piece of work you have presented here. The news was shocking and you have captured much of the pain.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello lolly, thanks for reading. I can understand how these events could leave you without words. You are most welcome to share mine. Cheers.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Mike. This was another shocking act of terrorism, and one of an increasing number. There have been recent attacks in Beruit, Kenya and Australia as well to name just a few. A police raid in Paris resulted in the deaths of two more terrorists and the arrests of seven more. A soccer match in Germany was cancelled and two French flights diverted due to bomb threats as well. Scary stuff. When will it end?


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bdegiulio 12 months ago from Massachusetts

Wonderful tribute John. This world is going mad. I just don't understand how people can do this to one another.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am at a loss to understand it either Bill. It all seems like a cruel and pointless endeavor. Why can't we all just love one another and live in peace and harmony.


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Nikkij504gurl 12 months ago from Louisiana

I haven't been following the news in Paris but from what I've heard it is scary to think that anything can happen, anywhere. There are crazy murderous people everywhere. and there is no reason other than they are cruel and evil people to do things like this. I hope we put an end to all of them(ISIS) ASAP. but you never truly get rid of evil...it is always somewhere lurking around the corner, in the shadows, waiting for an opportunity to strike.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree with every word Nikki, thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I agree with every word Nikki, thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers.


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Vellur 12 months ago from Dubai

It is sad that such things happen in this world. A touching tribute, brings tears to my eyes.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for your touching comment Vellur. It is a sad and tragic situation.


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Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh John, this is stunning! Your words bring tears felt around the world for our Parisian friends. And I agree with Anne who stated it so well: "Each tribute, each poem, each action of support is a weapon against this outrage." The world must unite against these evil, senseless and psychotic acts that have become too common, globally, in our everyday lives.


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Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago

Oh Jodah, you touch my heart with your compassionate words. “It doesn't matter where you die, So we all must stand as one” those are my favorite lines, because they are so true.

Blessings to you my friend.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes, Genna, Ann did state the situation well. Everything that is written or spoken against the evil of ISIS is a weapon against them. I heard a quote recently that I feel is appropriate here, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can be weapons of mass destruction." If the only good that comes from this is that it unites the countries of the world in a common cause, that is a positive.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Shyron, thank you for reading and for your touching comment. I am glad you liked the poem, especially those lines. Blessings.


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bravewarrior 12 months ago from Central Florida

Why has the world come to this? Why can't we just live and let live? I don't understand the mindset at all. I have stared the threat of death - or at least great harm - in the face. I was fortunate. My heart bleeds for those who were not.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I often ask myself that very same question Shauna, why? I can't hear any satisfactory answer. Thank you for reading and caring.


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kurtreifschneider 12 months ago from Loveland Colorado

Awesome..........


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Than you for reading Kurt. Your comment is much appreciated.


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FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

We cannot let these people bring fear to our hearts or darkness to the city of light. Rise up and show them that good is stronger and more resilient and powerful than evil always. Together. Your poem moves.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Flourish, it doesn't matter what they do and what attrocities they commit.. they will never win. Thank you Flourish.


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AliciaC 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for creating this important tribute to the people who were killed in Paris, Jodah. The people who died in this horrific event need to be remembered.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes I agree Alicia. I now this isn't the only city or country that has suffered such attacks and they all need to be remembered, but this one has been the most widely reported so it is the one that more information was readily available for. Thanks for reading.


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word55 12 months ago from Chicago

Great poem and tribute here Jodah, no matter how much we as a people fight for freedom there are various civil wars abounding over the world. The closer we remain obedient to God (that encompasses His way of life) the better off we will be. The problem in the world is: believers are mingling with non-believers, making them in the wrong places at the wrong times. Innocent people are going down unjustly attacked. God is our refuge and strength. We should all go to and fro under the armor of God. Thank you for the heart felt poem for the people.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Al, thank you for a very insightful comment. You are right of course, God is our refuge and strength. We need to stay strong and not fearful.


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aviannovice 12 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Weeping tears of blood is so right. That is a remarkable tribute to those that have passed for no reason whatsoever. We all grieve for the evil deeds of a few.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that comment Deb. As well as grieving for the dead we all need to stand up and voice our opposition to this evil however we can. Glad you liked this tribute.


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Surabhi Kaura 11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

What a pity… what a pity! What has our world come to I wonder! My head hangs in shame. I had written a poem a few years back – http://hubpages.com/literature/great-earth

It highlights the atrocities which our Mother Earth faces.

Your poem deserves abundant applauses. It reads like a frozen soul. Thank you for sharing it, Jodah. Thank you for considering this issue, and paying a tribute to the lost lives. Thank you very much. God bless, Sir.


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It is a very sad state of affairs when the world has come to this Surabhi. Terrorism is happening right across the world. I long for the day we can all live in peace and acceptance. I checked your hub. It has a wonderful message. Thank you.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 11 months ago

wow! This is so prolific dear John. Your poetry really speaks volumes.

This is very moving and just clearly touches so many emotions. Very well done, I got shivers. You never cease to surprise me, move me or urge me through your words of emotion to feel something I needed to feel.

God Bless you! Amazing!! Shared and tweeted it out...(((((( John ))))))


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Jodah 11 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi again Jo. We are all given certain gifts to share with the world..whether it be through generosity, compassion, leadership, prophesy, art, music etc. the best I can do is through my writing and if I feel there is a message or lesson that people need to hear I will do my best to spread the word through poetry or prose. Thank you once again for your generous praise, and for sharing and tweeting.


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aesta1 10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I wish sometimes for evil to just be erased in our world but my wishes have never come true. It is so sad.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I wish and pray for that too aesta1, hopefully one day it will happen. Thank you for reading.


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Besarien 9 months ago

This is fitting tribute to the city and to the victims of the ISIS attack. I admire that you brave heavy and complex topics with such a light and clever hand.

Your poetry in the wake of such devastation is sheer beauty reclaiming that day. Rebirth out of the ashes, Paris too rises like a phoenix. Kudos on a poignant and memorable hub.


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Jodah 9 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

What a wonderful and encouraging comment Besarien. I feel poetry has a way of dealing with serious subjects that prose doesn't.

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