Anzac Day Sonnet

Anzac Day Sonnet for Sunday 25 April, Micah 4:1-4, John 15:9-17

To act in love entails some sacrifice
when others’ needs outweigh our hopes for self.
Then we may feel we’ve paid a heavy price,
and seen what we could be put on a shelf.
To act in nations’ conflict may require
the risk of death, or flesh and mind in pain.
Yet selfless acts of people under fire
show some prepared to pay that price again.
Now though we pray that war should be no more,
and money spent on armaments be turned
to save the planet and sustain the poor,
yet genocide and terror must be spurned.
Remember those who die at duty’s call,
who in their love, like Jesus, give up all.

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