September 8, 2004




words are too good for them

and will fail justice

relentless, excruciating death

is what I want of them

who did not harm me

do not even know my name


what must those they touched demand


very rarely have I so rejoiced

to see a person killed


may God forgive my lack of charity

such evil should not expect it

from bloodied human hands

from broken human hearts

whose hope and joy lie now in earth

which scant hours before lived and breathed

and shared tomorrow's dreams


tears could not do justice

to this sorrow

to the grief this world should share


may God's vengeance satisfy our sorrows

and His holiness comfort all our fears


A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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