44

44*

by Martin Gaerlan

unlike that Thursday eve

of two weeks past

a trinity of planes arrived

44 honored instead of one St. Peter’s rock.

no tears of joy

no welcome waves this mourning morning

no red carpet this bloodied morning

44 St. Peter’s hearses charging barren streets.

unlike that five days of glorious redemption

now one day of national mourning

no faithful lining the avenues

instead from a distance

crying in silent shame.

Unlike six million in joyful celebration

one hundred million in confusion

mercy and compassion or

justice & righteous retribution?

disciples of war or peace?

44 do we mourn for you all

or for our our selves

a nation’s soul unborn?

* Note: the author is aware that only 42 bodies were flown to Manila but 44 SAF perished.

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~ by Martin Gaerlan on January 30, 2015.

2 Responses to “44”

  1. I wonder how Pope Francis reacted upon hearing this sad news….as if we really needed a “Father” to always be there to guide us in every way..

  2. wonder how Pope Francis reacted upon hearing this sad news….as if we really needed a “Father” to always be there to guide us in every way..

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