Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
Short time ago in Wednesday’s column
Appeared a message not near solemn
A ranting rage against some folk
Words took flight that seemed to soak
Into the very soul of heart
As if free and equal were kept apart.
The P.C. Chapel, my childhood place
I loved that church and felt its grace
How wonderful it was to know
That God stayed close, and it was so.
The Bible is my strength and stay
I know wherein I find my way
I know each story tells a tale
Of deeper meanings, never pale.
But Old Testament said
And got into our head
That God slew thousands and even worse
Abominations to abound in verse.
Must see beyond the narrow sphere
To cause the meaning to appear
That love for all is tantamount
And that for us is that which counts.
Must remember when we look back
The way things were did have some lack
Of knowledge that became a song
To straighten out what has been wrong.
Look back and seek to learn
Don’t STAY back and cause to spurn
The insight that is freedom-wise
And causes us to equalize.
Yes, look back and seek to learn
Don’t STAY back and keep the hood
On change that welcomes all who love
To know God’s presence from above.
MARY JANE LANE