Man of Many Sorrows


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This poem was written after the death of a young man, who moved back home upon college graduation to minister to his home crowd. He was shot in gang violence. Janet Fichter writes to inspire  [+]

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Man of Many Sorrows, we cry out to you today
A cherished friend and brother has been taken tragically
A victim of the violence from the ones who do not know
that the grace and mercy of the cross
can free them from a life of loss... 
His smile
his song
was not enough
to loose the chains of being tough
Accusers don't know who they are,
but he had no time to show them who YOU are

Man of Many Sorrows, you're acquainted with our grief 
This precious life of influence was given time too brief
A victim of the hurting ones, held captive to the scene
they walk in shackles, wielding guns
in bondage to the evil one 
His smile
his song
was not enough
to loose the chains of being tough

The aimless don't know who they are,
but he had no time to show them who YOU are

Man of Many Sorrows, we cry out to you today.

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Tony Martello · ago
I still think this is one of the more powerful poems on this site. If you are interested in supporting a couple of mine that advanced to the final round, feel free to vote for: "Green Springs" and "Maize of Color" Thank you for your support. Tony
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Tony Martello · ago
Janet, I hear your song of sadness in his passing but hope in the message you share that only if they knew why they did it we may stop some of the hate and bondage. Impactful poem. my full support-5 votes. Check out my entry, "Green Springs" in the creative nonfiction category and vote if you like it! Tony
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Houda Belabd · ago
May he rest in peace and in the depths of our hearts! My vote goes to this committed work ...
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Janet Fichter · ago
Thank you so much... He and my nephew made music together...It was very hard for my nephew.
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Houda Belabd · ago
I'm terribly sorry for your loss !