Reading about Dallas while sitting on a breezy deck in Tahoe

How is it even
that the same
world that holds
this generous spill
of blue, the whisper
of aspens,


the spew of such
hatred, the spilling of
blood, the scream
of gunfire and death?

We hold our tired
breath and wait for
love to matter, wait
for grace to be what
splatters through the
streets. As a nation
shivers, there’s a silver
sliver of lakeflow that
knows there’s


Someone whose
hands hold these
waters and these lives,
whose heart is many
times the size of all
this mess.

And on that deck,
knowing she is held.



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12 Responses to Reading about Dallas while sitting on a breezy deck in Tahoe

  1. I am still sitting here listening and watching and am feeling so sad.

  2. I ask myself the same questions and turn to trust in God for the answers, as you do. It’s such a mess in this seemingly Godless country and yet, is it really Godless?

  3. thank God for the someone bigger…

  4. Bryan Ens says:

    What a lovely reminder that God is still in control…no matter how out of control this world seems to be.

  5. 49lilykatz says:

    Thanks for saying it so beautifully, I couldn’t even read the news on line this morning before work. Dona nobis pacem.

  6. Marie Elena says:

    Straight to my heart. De, if words could heal, we would need no more than yours. I love you.

  7. Susan says:

    strong, love

  8. sncan says:

    Thank you. ❤

  9. can we still rest on the Sabbath? sigh

  10. ihatepoetry says:

    I love how you’ve put the larger context into a personal plea. You’ve written something wonderful here.

  11. Candy says:

    such reassurance

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