by Rocco Puopolo, s.x.

dead tree


Ishallah – God is Great
Islam  –  Surrender
Barakah  –  Give thanks
Credo  –  I believe.

The light of greatness
shines forth ….
as darkness.

Aren’t they the same?

The silence and depth of the wound…
makes space for the fullness of God.

And so…

I stand beneath a tree
long dead
and displaced
whose dry wood has become the gibbet of another’s death.

And as he dies, his blood moistens the wood
which lost its sap
in other times and other places.

I don’t stand alone,
for there are many who witness the deaths that strike us dumb.

God is bigger than us, my friend,
and here we see God’s power.
And we are many.


we believe…..

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