A Burning Cross

Burning Cross, Margaret Mair, original art

Burning Cross, Margaret Mair, original art

There is an ache
In the heart
Of our world.
In black moments
She wonders
What fate humanity’s
Carefully nurtured and
Cherished symbols
That speak of
Love and hope
And peace and harmony,
Of wisdom hard gained,
Of loss recognized,
Of painful sacrifice
Gratefully accepted?
Too often
She sees those symbols
Turned inside out,
Burned in anger,
Torn apart by hate,
Willfully misunderstood,
Savagely mocked;
And wonders at
The dark and terrible minds
That create such
Dark and terrible times,
Engulfing lives
In a stormy darkness,
Creating a
Howling vortex
Of willful ignorance,
Seeking to
Suck the oxygen
From the warm fires
Of cultural knowledge
So carefully nurtured
By so many
For the many
They know will come after.
There is an ache
In the heart
Of our world,
And only we
Can help her heal
And grow light
Again.

 

 

Written by Margaret Mair
Painting, original art by Margaret Mair
 
 
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4 responses to “A Burning Cross

  1. ah, Margaret, once again you’ve made powerful and evocative messages in this picture+text.
    “There is an ache
    In the heart
    Of our world.”
    and somedays, it nearly cripples me.
    but most days, i’m willing to be on the front lines.
    COUNT ME IN as ONE who
    “Can help her heal
    And grow light
    Again.”

    thank you for this beauty.

    • I’m so glad you’re willing to be on the front lines, Lori, even through the hardness of it’s all. May we each spread our own share of healing and light wherever we can.

  2. What a powerful poem and painting, Margaret.
    I found myself re-reading it twice.
    Can you share with me what inspired it?

    • The inspiration was an incident that was in the news when we were living on Nova Scotia. And thoughts about other similar events, and about the irony of using symbols of love in a hateful act.

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