A Prayer for the Enemy

RoyAllen Hunt

Joined May 2008

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Acrylic, oil pastels on Mi-Teintes pastel paper, Photoshop brush filter.

Following the report of Osama Bin Laden’s death there was great celebration and revelry in the streets of New York at “Ground Zero” and in Washington, D.C. I was struck by the similarity of the celebrations that took place in parts of the Middle East on September 11, 2001. I could not then nor can I now dance at the killing of a fellow human being. Now, as then, I wish to see through to the root cause of our misunderstanding, the hatred and the destruction that follows in their wake.

I said a silent prayer for the soul of this man that I did not know. I created the image then I sat down and wrote this poem:

A Prayer for the Enemy
RoyAllenHunt © May 2, 2011

A prayer for the enemy
Souls passing souls
In different places traveling different roads
The sun shines on the day, the moon shines at night
Which of these rule the sky?

Who can this enemy be?
In one world it might be you
In another it might be me
On which side of the window do you stand?
Are you looking out or are you looking in?

A prayer for the enemy
Born of mother a child of man
A prayer for the enemy
we do not understand

When shut our eyes and silent our breath
On a field of dreams will we be met
Calmly, with reason may we speak
On what life and living had meant to each

A prayer for the enemy
departing from that dream
perhaps still keeping with our own beliefs
may we go forth in peace

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