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Paul Looks Back on Stephen
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By Rich Tassinari
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Paul Looks Back on Stephen

That day, I thought to keep an eye on things,

Who else would keep a steady, level head?

Like swarming wasps, they soon one man did sting

Until he prayed for them, and then lay dead.

They threw their clothes about in hellbent heat,

In disarray, neglect, without regard,

And tossed them recklessly around my feet,

To work their task at hand with hearts so hard.

Those palms which reached for brothers in our land

And held in handshakes love among good friends,

Then raised rough stones in hardened angry hands

And brought down Stephen to his mortal end.

And I that day I chose to not entreat,

But watched their garments tossed about my feet.


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Submitted: Saturday, February 25, 2012

Last Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2012

About the Poet
Husband, father, grandfather, and each title is my joy. As a youth, poetry was a means to express the inexpressable. I was attracted to (and still am) the beauty and brevity of verse. All flows out from God, and like a proper prayer, can flow back.


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