The other day I posted a blessing from the Book of Worship “for those who “For a Victim of Crime or Oppression.” Within that blessing were several recommended scriptures, which I am now using in the task of writing poetry based on the imagery and promises found in those verses. Today I am posting on Isaiah 59:6b-8, 15b-18, which can be found here in the Common English Bible. I hope these poems are helpful both to people who have gone through Domestic Abuse or Violence and for people who might not understand how such verses affect and strike a person who has gone through that experience.
Today’s poem leans a bit into the spookiness of Halloween if you read the poem from the outside. I really do not believe that the author of this passage was writing from the outside of pain and suffering. Spider-like (in the most stereotypical sense) is great imagery to use for the wicked in this passage, and I say that as someone with passing bouts of arachnophobia.
Poison dripping fangs, a macabre sight as wicked ones weave ill within deep gloom. Eldritch clothing from fevered, frightful night covers little malice born of the tomb. Desolate pain drenched cries reach out to plea Dark bruises, broken bones, sharp tongues and lies echo the words of lives full of debris from lonely places where hope often dies. Would You rise to wrap knuckles and square up for those they rendered voiceless and oppressed? Many have had to drink the bitter cup forced to the lips of those who live distressed. Ringside, black-eyed, we look to You with hope and dream of when we will do more than cope.
October has been Domestic Violence Awareness month since it was first introduced by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1981. Regardless of the month, domestic violence is never okay, no matter the circumstances. If you or someone you know is in desperate need of help, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.