A poem for our times

Hymn for Harmony

Gently bring each newborn stranger
To a better world than this;
Let the babe be free from danger,
Surroundings free from prejudice.
Denounce the clouds of war, suspicion,
Shades of envy’s animus;
Free from frauds and superstition
Our minds held free of Erebus.
Turn our terroristic talent
Apart from hate’s tendentious view;
Invigorate the good and gallant
In every human heart and hue.
Religion’s gods do all require
In every breast humility;
Contributors to wisdom’s choir
As part of world-wide harmony.

-C.A. Marshall Jr.


Note: Long-time readers know that this blog is pretty short on poetry and other creative works. However, Chet Marshall, a Major Gifts Officer at Valparaiso University, my undergraduate alma mater, recently shared with me this poem by his late father. Chet’s friendly and gracious support has helped me to reconnect with VU in a very welcomed way. I thought that his father’s poem is a wonderful response to so many of the headlines that are dominating our national and international news. 

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