A storm of thoughts gusts the mind
routinely as we eyeball telecasts, the news
ever breaking, never mending,
with headlines and images instilling
existential fatigue, renewing sorrow
for already assailed souls.
Granted, we don't view the entire picture,
yet how can we forgive God for granting us
not just free will but free rein,
at the same time imbuing us with
a pronounced proclivity for evil?
We creatures can't control ourselves,
and our Creator is hands-off by nature,
unwilling to superintend. In this way
innocents suffer and injustice prevails,
with rare exceptions evoking wistful sighs.
Those who would dispel weariness
and cleave to hope are left to step
forward and fill the breach, becoming
the change they wish to see, filling the void
with kindness, compassion, healing, peace.
Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 300+ publications in 30 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com