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Poetry: Shirley Dawn Salkeld


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Pentecost 2016

wind and flame
were left behind to claim
our lives as we had known them.
bumper to bumper we fled
young and youngest, thousands,
hearts racing, eyes unseeing
filled with shock and tears
souls in disbelief
holding on.
nothing now can be the same.

flung by media
across vast Canadian spaces
others caught our pain,
and with compassion
held it in their minds and prayers,
responded with love,
with understanding need
to shelter, clothe and feed us.
midst wind and flame
the Holy Spirit came.

By Shirley Dawn Salkeld