Today is for the innocents,
children who died in a world of cruelty
they were too young to create,
mothers and fathers, old ladies and men
swept away with tides of hatred and despair.
Today is for hospital workers,
And school teachers
Who couldn’t control from where bombs would emerge
Who were powerless in a world of fear.
Today we fast,
Because we know
that each life is another world
lost to us forever
Even when there is no other way,
Even in war,
Because we must.
Today we fast
And we dream
Of a day when good people need not lose their lives
When waves of hatred will be but ripples
In a sea of comradely and love,
faith so strong it can divide waters,
paving for us the path to freedom.
Until that day we fast.
We fast and we dream.
Hopefully not for long.