Poem: “The Weight”

The Weight

The land
Because of our cruelty
Because of the martyrs of insolence
Because of the children tortured, abused Because of the old ones abandoned,
exposed Because of the massacres, dreadful slaughters Because of
indifference to love and faith

Will be wiped away clean
Will be cleansed and scoured
We are all as one and none are divided

Only the martyrs of God can save
By the offering up of their agonies
Given for us in the mercy of Christ

For I saw how the ripples of evil spread out  From older to younger, to sons
and daughters Greater to lesser to child in the womb

Only the crucified God alone
Can bear up the weight of the suffering world And carry it bleeding, cross
and man

July 24, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."