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wavering faith

by Delilah Coyne

he died yesterday
with no knowledge of god's love
no evidence of a caring father in his life
plagued by tragedy since the age of ten
a life of loss and pain
its no mystery why he thought god did not care
after all the hurt
is he still responsible
must he suffer more

and if he must
I cry out in anger

"...Why?"

03/14/2006

Posted on 03/14/2006
Copyright © 2019 Delilah Coyne

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Brian Francis on 03/16/06 at 03:14 AM

Life often makes one wonder if there is a just god or not. Sorrow fills the soul when reading this peice. Great work. --bf

Posted by Soulo Jacob Bourgeau on 03/17/06 at 12:19 AM

Thank you for sharing this, Delilah. Poetry can be a cathartic salve in times like these.

Posted by JJ Johnson on 03/18/06 at 04:58 AM

Loss so often inspires exceptional poetry and this is another deeply moving piece. So many lives are taken painfully in ways that seem so terrible to those left behind that I have to believe even those with apparently unshakeable faith question God's existence, or at least his reasoning. We can only hope that there is a reason and that the suffering we experience in life purges us of the sins we cannot confess even to ourselves. Having worked with children in a medical facility, I was often overwhelmed by their deaths. Why indeed? I want to believe, if for no other reason than I don't want it all to be pointless, just some random event in nature's course. Let there be a Heaven for all those who have suffered, even if I haven't got a key to the pearly gates. JJ

Posted by Peter Humphreys on 03/19/06 at 12:43 PM

The hardest question in the world to answer, Delilah, and the most important. But so often the answers offered are cliche. A tender poem. Thank you.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/20/06 at 04:48 PM

Very powerful piece- one i relate to so well. I ask the same question every day of my life. Excellent work!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/09/06 at 01:54 AM

Bless this child. Thank you for this question and concern, so well expressed.

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