Mumbai Sorrow

on Sunday, November 30, 2008

Photo by Reuters

How many greeted that sunrise brimming with the joy of hope?
How many awoke that morning bowed by the burdens of life?

Perhaps some anticipating happy reunions at the rail's journey end.
Or some enjoying late evening dining and romancing with loved ones.

Others in fleeting transit on business or on pilgrimage to Ghandi's nation.
Many just coming to the end of a day of toil and ready for simple rest.

Surely not one expected to die in a hail of bullets and bombs that day.
Not one deserved that their lives, their hopes and dreams ended that way.

They had no part in creating the hatred and madness that overtook them.
But for their memory, let us strive for this hatred and madness to end.

18 comments:

Joyce's Ramblings said...

Mans inhumanity to others is not understandable; it is plain and simple EVIL. We all have to pray for it to stop. Another thing we must do is make sure we don't fall into the trap that we are all right and they are all wrong.

Janice Thomson said...

How shocking for Mumbai. The photo says it all. My prayers for those suffering families.

Molly said...

Used to be war was between men. Now these terrorists seem almost to aim for women and children. At least we can try to promote peace among our own small circles. Maybe it'll have a ripple effect.....

daysgoby said...

That's beautiful, C.

Your voice is strong and shrouded in pain.

the walking man said...

There is only one solution and it is found in the last verse of the last chapter of the Christian (and other) texts. That is to say when the book is finally done.

JR's Thumbprints said...

We're surrounded by violence, locally and globally.

cabcree said...

I wish I knew what to say...it's all so devastating.

Dr.John said...

We don't even know whose hatred or what madness. How can we end it?

Diesel said...

What a nightmare.

Eastcoastdweller said...

India's 9-11.

This was a brutal and senseless act of pure evil, against a great nation that is no threat to anyone.

No god was honored by this. How could any human mind be so warped and sick as to believe Allah would take pleasure in this stupid, cruel and horrible crime?

citizen of the world said...

Violence committed in the name of any religion is such a horror to me. Love. That's all that matters.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Joyce,
Thanks for the reminder in your last sentence.

Janice,
There is solace in being at least able to pray.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Molly,
It has been awhile now since women and children have been spared the ravages of war but still this isn't war...this is peace time defiled in the most horrific way. But as you say, let's sow peace where we are.

daysgoby,
There by the grace of God go we. A Malaysian was killed in the attack and is known to one of my friends.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

mark,
Indeed, amen.

JR,
The violence does seem to be everywhere. But then all the more reason to work together to push back the darkness. But equally true is the saying,"There can be no lasting peace without equality and justice."

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

cabcree,
Sometimes just hugging each other in silence is better than any words.

dr. john,
Where there is hatred, sow love. We have to keep trying.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Diesel,
How much worse a nightmare for those who experienced it for themselves?!!?

ECD,
I like your words "No God was honored".

cz,
Indeed, you are right. Love and Hope!

meggie said...

Amen!

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