Beautiful World

Do not yet destroy my world, my beautiful world

I am not ready

To let go of the life I have scarcely sipped;

To see the crimson of the sunset bleed far into the night

To hear the thunder of the guns in the rainstorm

To touch rivers of red running through raped cities

To have the silence of the forest be the silence of pale death

I am not ready

For young eyes never to see another sunset

For young ears never to hear the joy-shouts of thunder

For young fingers never to touch crystal rivers in pristine valleys

Never to listen to the silent music of the forest

Please do not take my beautiful world from my beautiful people

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

4 thoughts on “Beautiful World

  1. Thanks Lori for this lament 😭. I found it in my social email last night and it was my bedtime prayer after hearing horrible things, not just from the news, but from Mennonites in the Ukraine and Poland. This is real. This is so tragic. We pray our laments.

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