Blood of Innocence: We Weep

Tanaga Tuesday

Streets flow with rivers of blood
And tears for lost innocence,
But do we make some pretense
Of concern for victimhood?

How now, then, will we respond
To such senseless violence
And screams from an ambulance
Answering hatred hell-spawned?

Can we not look for the day
When peace reigns in every heart
And all choose the better part
In pure love without dismay?

For now, though, we weep in pain,
Seeing again victims dead,
And feeling such awful dread,
Knowing this is all insane


Note: The Tanaga is a Filipino stanzaic form that was originally written in Tagolog. The form dates back to the 16th century and has an oral tradition. Syllabic with 7 syllables per line in any number of quatrains. Originally rhymed aaaa bbbb cccc etc., modern Tanagas also use aabb ccdd etc or abba cddc etc or any combination rhyme can be used.


3 thoughts on “Blood of Innocence: We Weep

  1. True words of horror and we who stand and watch our own humans getting killed or being victims to unnecessary violence. I truly agree with you Jonathan. When will we all see peace and happiness that is our rightful state of being.

    1. Yes, and we much be faithful to pray for this every day, and do what we can in life, right where we are, to spread and promote genuine love and peace. Thank you so much, Kamal!

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