I suppose that we knew down deep that The Death of Osama bin Laden would one day come;
when the man deemed responsible for the death of thousands
of innocent men, women and children would be finally caught
My hope and prayer is that this momentous day in history will
bring some added measure of closure, of justice served,
among those who have lost loved ones on 9/11, and also,
among the thousands of other families who’s loved ones died
while in uniform, in this land and beyond.
It troubles me to know in my heart that I am glad bin Laden is dead,
me, the Quaker, exuberant and satisfied to know that the world-wide
leader of terrorism against humanity is finally no more.
For today, I can shelter my discomfort, my discomfort of self,
behind pride of country, for an operation succeeded,
for those lost and for those still fighting terrorism across the land.
I know they are happy and I am happy too, for them.
Tomorrow? Tomorrow comes the lesson, of squaring violence
begetting violence and how we choose to teach our children.