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Even though it happened a year ago, I am still saddened by another hate crime in Norway - here's my thoughts:

Dies Irae
by Rick Folker

The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse;
There is no one who does good, No, not one.
- Psalm 14:2-3

The frigid waters of fear
In Norway last year.

Senseless violence shatters
The serenity of youthful innocence
Leaving us with our empty, useless astonishment.

Yet again, fundamentalism, fanaticism, and fear
Darken the skies
And Victimize the hope, the future
We believe we see
In young Norwegian eyes.

The midsummer playground where
Blood now stains the grasses and wildflowers,
Teardrops fall from Heaven’s Cry
Broken hearts feel a Nordic, icy chill
Instead of the warmth of summer
Now silenced and still.

And winter arrives in July
The pall of evil covers the hearts
Of those of us who ask again and again