Why, O LORD, do you stand far off?
up in cloudy heavens
obscured by bright suns
that brutalize my brethren
i seek peace, O LORD
but pieces of me shatter
into tiny shards
every time the gun shots
blare in this dystopian world
a world you didn’t have in mind
when you, O LORD, created it
but, alas, we must deal
whether you can hear this
prayer, up there, or not
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons – The biblical king David as depicted on a miniature from the medieval Georgian manuscripts of The Psalters – Source: Center of Manuscripts, Tbilisi, Georgia).
Author’s Note: The first line of this poem is taken from Psalm 10 from the New International Version of the Holy Bible. I’ve been reading the Psalms again, and my idea was to use lines from them as a poetry prompt to create “Alternative Psalms” applied to the 21st century world.
3 thoughts on “Alt-Psalm #1 (a poem)”
Modern day psalms are a fantastic idea. Great write!
Thank you! The Psalms are some of the greatest poetry ever written, so they work great as prompts!