The estimates are staggering.
We try, but can't ignore
a tragedy that will not quit.
This hell on earth is horror.
We see those grave reminders
of the loss of human lives.
The landfills of the lifeless
we had prayed would yet survive.
Like trash within a garbage truck,
those corpses were stacked high
and driven to a local dump
where circling vultures fly.
It's inhumane. Unthinkable.
But what else could be done?
The stench of death hung in the air
beneath the Haitian sun.
Yet while they bury bodies,
hope refuses to comply.
It can't be ditched and left for dead.
Hope won't give up and die.
Hope germinates within the hearts
of those who can't escape
the fact that they are still alive
when with the dawn they wake.
Hope penetrates the sun-baked soil
of flattened lifelong dreams.
It pushes sun-ward from the earth.
It's stronger than it seems.
Hope is the seed of faith that grows
in all those who have gone
to give the hopeless ways and means
to cope and carry on.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.