Broken

Broken

This poem was read on November 22, 2015, as part of the worship service which was divided into three chapters: Brokenness, Hope Revealed, and Agents of Hope.

Broken

by Lyndsay Byler,
Administrative Assistant for Local & Global Outreach (Beyond the Walls)

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

When the earth broke,
And the people fell,
When the relationship was severed
Between God and man,
Nothing withstood, nothing could
Reconcile beast to beauty and fallen to holy
So the journey began

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

When the gut
freezes
And sticks and stones seem easier
Than the words exposed unfiltered,
Violence came without a blow
And from the depths of the damaged heart,
Does the mouth speak
Miscommunication and
miscommunicated expectations
litter the streets and the desert place

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

When she crumbles to the floor
She whisper-yells, “help,”
It is all she can articulate, and
When he drives away to
anywhere,
for a moment,
When they weep until
Their emotions are shocked
And disconnectedness ferments
Under the surface
Of every conversation
Of every transaction

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

When unforeseen news
Blankets the room
And the spine aches
And sadness seeps into the joints,
Eyes tighten until they burn
One more tear, two more tears,
How many years?
How…?

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

When the weight of apprehension
Follows the uneasiness of the question:
What is next?
Fragmented decisions and answers
Forage the anxious freeway
to “my way”
until it collapses under all
of the extra weight

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

When he is buried,
And the son watches the dirt fall
Onto the
Unforgiven one,
And un-forgiveness turns to bitterness,
Turns to festered, fake pretentiousness

It has happened before,
And it will happen again.

Broken and fallen people
Will interact with a broken and fallen world
Where is the hope and glory among the weak and gory?
Who is so bold as to tell the story,
The chapters written, the segments untold,
To tell the ending that,
Doesn’t really end?


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