Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the eighty-first poem in this series. This week’s piece is by romance, paranormal, Gothic and comedy author, and poet Linda Hays Gibbs.
Splinters in My Head
Like splinters in my head
I grieve for the dead,
What a waste, what a waste
Cursed they faced in horrible haste
Men’s hearts cry for a better dream
Even if it be a nasty lie
Give them a better scheme
A much higher thought to know to fly
To lift them up not bring them low
A brighter cause a noble thought
Let them be caught in prayer to
A God of love with work to do
One who would not kill you
But born again to help their fellow man
To give a helping hand
To kiss their beaten brow
Enfold in love and show them how
To fulfill God’s plan With love and harmony
Sweet good perfumed charity
Turn before too late from murderous hate
Think of Golgotha’s hill
A sacrifice for peace and goodwill
A God of love and mercy too
Even for you, even for you
For If you give torment and pain
What do you forever gain
No rich paradise of which to tell
But eternity to burn in tortuous hell
The splinters in my head
Cry for your dead and you
Will you not listen to
A still small voice and do
Work to enrich your soul
With a higher goal
God is love not hate
Turn before tis too late
For the killing you do only assured you pain
For murdering is not a noble gain
If your heart is set to do God’s will
I tell you. It is NOT to kill!
But love, peace, and goodwill
I then asked Linda for the inspiration behind the poem…
Splinters in My Head was inspired by the horrible Boston Bombings. I was so upset by the senseless slaughter and ruined lives of so many innocent people. It was like a continual aggravation of pain like splinters in my brain. It’s a constant reminder of how helpless I feel and how I wish I could help. These people think they will go to paradise and I don’t believe in a God that rewards murder.
Tuscaloosa was devastated by a tornado but that was nature not people bent on causing pain to children or anyone. Crazy people are pitiful but people with political or religious fever that propels them to murder are just as insane.
Anyway, I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox but I can’t seem to express how I wish they would take a look at the other side. The side of peace, love and hope and where you are not owed anything. That your life is what you make it. Those boys (that did those horrible bombings) had a bright future but someone poured poison into them. My God is not poison. My God is Love!
They will not go to paradise! They will go to hell when they murder in whatever name or reason or political stand.
Another powerful piece. Thank you, Linda.
Linda D. Hays-Gibbs was born in Mississippi and married at a young age. She went back to school late in life, graduated with a BA in Anthropology from University of Alabama. She always loved Indiana Jones. Anthropology was so exciting to her until she could not use her imagination to write her papers. Her instructor insisted she stick with the facts not fantasy.
She loved to write poetry and jot it down all the time. Her fourth book, “My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls” really meant more to her because she worked on it for such a long time and because she was determined to make her writing much better than it had been. Kim Richards and Sally Odgers from Eternal Press were inspirations for her. Barbara Metzger, one of her favourite authors gave her encouragement too. She loves writing and hopes to continue to do it for the rest of her life along with anything she can do for her God and children. You can also find out more about her from:
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