Saturday, April 20, 2013

Where Streets are Stained With Blood...


We live where streets are stained with blood
And even where the grass is green
A soldier’s body paid for us
To breathe the air of freedom’s sheen
Look down, look down; behold your feet
One in the cradle, one the grave
Look up; look up, for only He
Is God and mighty yet to save

The gutters swell with evil’s flood
Where hatred, hurt and hunger wail
A brother spills his brother’s blood
It seems the gates of hell prevail
We stagger low beneath the grief
Of Ramah; here our children die
Before they breathe; their right to live
Decided by a 'mercy-lie'

The roar of guns deploys its noise
The river runs dark and blood-red
Daughter or son is everyone
And love will mourn her precious dead
For love, this universal thread
Will bind and heal hate’s wretched wounds
Look down, look down, there lies our dread
Look up, look up, His love abounds

We live where streets are stained with blood
And gutters surge with filth and fear
We live where our forefathers stood
To face the Foe; love brought us here
And hate can never slay the One
For God is Love; He will prevail
Look up; someday hate will be done
But Love will never, ever fail

© Janet Martin



  1. conquers all but the criminally insane who wage war on innocent people in the streets... They hate with a vengeance, though the question has to be, what, or whom? Do they even know themselves?
    Lots of lilting rhymes to catch the ear - thanks!

  2. yes, love only conquers if we allow it, that is true, but Love as in God, the very Being of Love WILL conquer hate, even if it seems as if hate is winning! But hate has limits and love does not. Hate cannot over-come but love can. The potential of Love and its power is limitless! I wrote this after watching Les Miserable` and in the end hate could no longer bear to look at himself, after being shown mercy and love.

    'they hate with a vengeance, yes! awful. I know that we on earth will not see this conquered. It is written the days will be more evil than ever before in those last days... “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 24: 9-12

    I think you raise a good point, do they really know why they are doing it? Is is a cry for love?

  3. Thank-you Sasha! Your words mean a lot to me!

  4. An uplifting and hopeful message, well-expressed.


  5. Sue,

    Thank-you so much! Yes, Love abides in spite everything.


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