Pin It

Pantoum for France 

"All is forgiven,"
that's what the cartoon said,
though murder is a sin,
and seventeen are dead.

That's what the cartoon said,
and the prophet shed a tear
for seventeen are dead—
yet the living show no fear.

Yes, the prophet shed a tear
there on the front page,
for the living show no fear:
They cannot bow to rage.

There on the front page
for all the world to see,
they will not bow to rage.
This is no defeat.

For all the world to see:
Murder is a sin,
but this is no defeat.
All, all is forgiven.

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

About The Author

Michael Riedell

Latest in Poetry

Readers also liked…


Facebook | Twitter

© 2022 North Coast Journal

Website powered by Foundation