Frank Maguire
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By Frank Maguire
October 20, 2010

Matthew 11:20, 23, 24 "Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 23And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

Luke 19:39-40 "Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples!' / "I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."

Weeds growing on an unkempt grave,
Brushed aside in curiosity, "Who's buried here?"
Some stranger asks.
"Probably nobody," someone mutters.
Gone and hidden, thus forgotten.
A never real Reality Show.
Less, even, than dust.

What hero, heroine, lies beneath the soil?
Covered by weeds! Weeds! More weeds!

Voices quieted, rebuked disciples?
Do they speak beyond the grave?
I'm sure I hear words.
If it is not they who speak in evidence
Could it be the stones crying out?

I hear, "Have those who died for truth all died in vain?"
It's up to me, and you, to answer "Yes!" or "No!"
We should at least answer something?
If we care not, then who will care for what we leave?

The world, we were told, will mock:
"Truth!? Say what?
"Nothing! Bupkis! A childish joke!
"A short life of longing lived for zip
"No time to give a damn for truth."

How sad! For God does give a Damn.
Without Truth and Justice, God has no need for Mercy.

© Frank Maguire

 

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Frank Maguire

(Frank Maguire passed away on May 19, 2021. His obituary can be read here.

Frank Maguire was born in Dorchester, MA, 1938, attended schools in Massachusetts, California, and Arizona, where he completed degrees in music and English writing/Journalism. Frank has been married to Helen Isabel Maguire Estevez of Culver City, California, since 1957. They have six children, 14 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

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