poetry

“Water is Life” by Elizabeth Hurd

Water is life
but not in Standing Rock
where water can be poisoned by oil
but it’s okay
because the money flowing through the pipeline
is more prevalent than the prayers of the people saying
Water is life.Water is life
but not in Flint
where water can be poisoned by lead
and it’s not okay,
at least for a few months,
until we turn from the images of thirsty children crying out
Water is life.

Water is life
but not in the oceans
where water can be poisoned by pollution
but it’s okay
because we don’t live there
so we ignore the voiceless silently saying
Water is life.

Water is life
but not in the third world
where water can be poisoned by disease
but it’s okay
because we give offering for doctors, vaccines, and wells
forgetting about the problem until the plate is passed the next time the presenter declares
Water is life.

Water is life
but not in our churches
where waters of fellowship can be poisoned by opinions
but it’s okay
because the others will agree with us one day, meanwhile the poison is seeping
slowly into our bloodstream, and we mask the pain by saying we can all agree that
Water is life.

October 31, 2016


Elizabeth comes to Boston from Michigan. She is a first year MDiv student feeling called to pastoral ministry in the UMC.

“God – Where Are You -” by Zachary Taylor

God — where are you —
Are you — in trouble too —
I sense — the night grow thin —
It stuck me — with a pin —Are you — near or far —
Are you — in this jar —
I see — the day anew —
The grass — glazed with dew —

God — I need you —
Can you — heal me too —
I hear — the birds sing to me —
A song — so sweetly —

October 7, 2016


Zach Taylor is a second-year M.Div. student seeking ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church. His interests include history, political science, philosophy of language, philosophy of education, and philosophy of history. His poetry is inspired by W. H. Auden and Emily Dickinson.

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