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Absence of God

absence of god

Absence of God

God’s absence was marked
by a hole in the ice

that opened suddenly
under the boys’ weight

their voices unbroken,
muffled by the frozen lake

in seconds submerged in
panic and imploding ice

vicious freezing water
forcing air from their lungs

just days before Christmas
four lives were expunged

no reason why revealed
to my desperate mind

the human condition
the only answer we’ve got

for senseless suffering
a catchall for our lot.

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