National Poetry Month: A Poem that Calls for Enlightenment
04.06.17 By Carlita Salazar
Today, as part of our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month, we’re featuring a poem by Joan Treppa.
Treppa gave this insight about her poem, The Cleansing of Rain:
“The poem was written for the 5th annual Walk for Truth and Justice in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in 2015. It depicts the tragedy of six innocent men (one of which was exonerated in 2001) serving life sentences for a murder they did not commit, the legal assistance that resurfaced in 2013 for the remaining five, and a plea for enlightenment and salvation of those who perpetuated these convictions.”
Joan, thank you for sharing your work with us.
The Cleansing of Rain
Feel the rain Soothe our pain With each new drop Please make it stop And with the chill We seek goodwill In loving faces And warm embraces Much time is lost At a great cost See not the changed But what’s been gained As time is molded A future unfolded Of what’s been started, Not of which is departed The truth is nigh Let gones be bye Open thine eyes To accept this prize Let the souls be free Of the forgotten we But let us pray For those astray In the dawning of this bright new day That their hearts be cleansed As they make amends For their truths have faltered With lives forever altered In the dawning of this bright new day Let us pray…
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