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David Stewart

without words
stars and souls
whisper holy themes
without hesitation
shepherds and kings
kneel beside me
but i cannot stay in bethlehem
kingdoms in turmoil
i must journey
through the now and not yet
walking with the healed
breaking bread
eating words of life
streets too crowded
filled with pushing and cursing
unruly Jerusalem ignores the poor
covers the prophets with stones
justice and mercy are aliens
in the land of blood and honey
i long for bethlehem
this time
there is no star to guide
this time
there are no hallelujahs
i must now give account
the jury surrounds the fire
i do not
i do not
i do not
my forehead smudged with ash
a silent verdict
in darkness i am lost
there is no way back to bethlehem

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