Lamentation from EJK Land

Lamentation from EJK Land

THE bullet-riddled corpses sprawl on the sidewalks,

the dark alleys or inside the shanties

waiting to be laid to rest in public cemeteries

or dumped in common graves.

The inconsolable widows & orphans or shocked fathers &  mothers

cannot not afford to bury them

for the police are making a killing out

of the killings or mass murder

inspired by the blood-thirsty ruler.

 

 

The slums beside dumpsites, railways, waterways & cemeteries

beyond the posh villages & subdivisions

have become killing fields

day by day,  night after night

as the poor wait in fear & trembling

for the executioners in uniform

or masked hit-men riding in tandem.

 

Why do brutal, corrupt & incompetent men

lord over this land like criminals?

Why do pious men & women who fill the churches Sunday after Sunday

and join processions in masse

or attend the Pope’s Mass in millions

keep silent or approve of this and say

those addicts & enemies of the state deserve to die?

 

Where is mercy and compassion

for those wounded by neglect, abuse,

isolation and loneliness  in need of healing and conversion?

Where is justice for those unjustly punished without due process,

deprived of human rights & dignity

while drug lords go scot-free

just because they are relatives, friends or partners?

 

O Lord, we believe that you will deliver us from evil

as you did in times past – especially at EDSA.

But how long must we wait?

How many more lives have to be wasted?

When will the people stand up and rise empowered by your Spirit?

In this dark night we toll the bells and light our candles

full of helplessness and despair

and hope.