“Study puts Iraqi deaths of civilians at 100,000.”
— New York Times headline, 10/29/04
“U.S. military death toll reaches 2,000 in Iraq.”
— New York Times headline, 10/25/05
Dear one, as the storm raves,
the bitter wind snares the house
we’re easy in our comfort
relaxing into a nested love
while the bombs fall, and the light departs.
How could we arrange this gladness
as the world tumbles howling around us
our bodies luxurious against one another
while our worldwide limbs are hacked and burned.
This is the way our lifetime ends
in the fire-flame of war
clutching each other
vowing our devotion
our walls soon breached.
But in this dying hour, if we do not love
if water does not please our lips
or warming sun delight
then who shall we say that God is
and what shall we say is His holy will?