A Better Life

“Poetry makes nothing happen: it survives”¹
unlike young Icarus² who would fly to freedom
under the belly of a giant whale ascending
but he plummeting, free-falling, down to his death
while a world watched, still watches in horror
through that silver screen of the mind’s eye
as of an oracle that survives in the folds of memory
forecasting doom, like the poetry his heart sang
of a better life, a New World of winging hopes
now a land in chaos helmed by venal fools
where yet survive as in the Ark the few
whose hope shies not away
in whom Life supplants death
to whom Bread is provided and thirst quenched
whose city is built not with human hands
whose cornerstone is the Lamb that was slain.

1From W. H. Auden’s “In Memory of W. B. Yeats”

2On Monday, August 16, 2021, seventeen-year-old Zaki Anwari fell to his death after clinging to a US military plane taking off from Kabul as he tried to flee the Taliban takeover. He was one of several Afghans who rushed onto the tarmac of the capital’s airport and desperately held onto to the side of the C-17 aircraft before takeoff, captured in a widely-shared video that encapsulated the chaos of America’s exit from Afghanistan. A member of Afghanistan’s National Youth Football Team, Anwari was described by a spokesman for the sports federation as “kind and patient. He had no hope and wanted a better life.”3

12 thoughts on “A Better Life

    1. Thank you so much, Craig. I was so moved to hear how desperate he was, and so young, and how great must be his family’s grief. Praise God for our brothers and sisters there and may they know His grace is sufficient, His strength made perfect in their weakness, even as they witness to it as they are called. May our prayers continually rise for them and all the persecuted church.

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  1. Well written poem. Heartbreaking situation. It grieves me that this young man may have died not knowing Christ. Life is a fragile, precious, gift. May we pray for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and the surrounding region as well as share Jesus with others in our area while there is still time. Love and blessings to you, Dora.

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    1. Very sad that this young man was robbed of hope, so many such lives of desperation caused by militarized gangs and armies marching through this area of the world, and many others too.

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