wordsout by godfrey rust
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At Rest

Love reaches out

What was God doing
as he studied the victims
of the latest Extreme
Weather Event? 

What was God doing
for the carefree child
running into the road
just as the car accelerated?

What was God doing
while the fittest worked out
their next brutal plan
of survival? 

These questions will not be answered today 
or any other day. 
But something happens
when love reaches out.

A hand stretches down
from the rescue craft.
Tears sting
behind the eyes. 

Something breaks
when love reaches out—
it might be a heart,
or a burst dam of pride. 

Love overthrows
the government of fear.
If your hands are full
what can you reach for? 

Your trophies and pride
will be scattered about
when you reach out for love
or when love reaches out.

Written for the multimedia event of the same name first produced (with songs by Donald McRobbie) at St Johns, West Ealing in 1998.

Godfrey Rust 1998, godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. See here for permissions.