The Prayer of Frank

Stress, fear and an interior tempest. . . waves of invading emotions. Lost lives, whirlwinds of hate.
The suffering of families,
Heart-break wounding many lives. . . Will this misery end ?
Let us fill our hearts
With peace, love, and pardon. . . Respect life.
Out of compassion ! Stop the massacre !
Let us learn lessons from the outcome of tragedies. Stop the suffering.
Let us pray together
And let us stop all forms of slaughter. Lord, cure us.
Have mercy on us,
Forgive our crimes. . . Lord, to you I pray and cry out.

Poem written when he had just heard of the rejection of his appeal.