Lord Have Mercy

Poetry V7 N1 2019

When we forget the big things
Acting for a better future for all
Seeing the Christ in every person

Lord Have Mercy

When we forget the small things
Acts of kindness like a smile or a hug
To make someone’s life a bit brighter

Lord Have Mercy

These are just some
Of the same prayers we offer
Day in and day out

Lord Have Mercy

What about the poor we allow to hungry
They must have did something
Why else is that big poor family homeless

Lord Have Mercy

Or why do they take that welfare
Don’t they know people call it a handout?
We shouldn’t bring them in to our fold

Lord Have Mercy

We know what they said to that gay teen was wrong
But I can’t rock the boat
I’m scared of confronting the big bad wolf

Lord Have Mercy

We can’t stand up for every religious person
There’s too much hate—too little time
Besides, what can I change?

Lord Have Mercy

Yes we must stop institutional racism
But what conversations do we have
Looking in that mirror is awfully hard

Lord Have Mercy

Let’s put out guns everywhere!

Doesn’t matter if our youth or people of color get shot!
Doesn’t matter if it’s just a woman escaping her abuser!
ALL WE NEED IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN?!
RIGHT?!

For the love of everything…

Lord Have Mercy