Sunday, February 09, 2020


“Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening.” 2 Timothy 2:14-21

ready to rip to shreds
any utterance by another;
checking every dictionary and
thesaurus for new weapons;
lining up our arguments like
tiny orcs marching on Helm’s Deep,
we do not hear the children
asking, ‘read us a story about love;’
the old folks wondering if
we know grace’s old songs;
the forgotten and the stranded
whispering, ‘can't you share a word
of hope,
just this once?’

© 2020 Thom M. Shuman

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