BROTHER ROGER OF TAIZE'

a poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark

Brother Roger of Taize

A humble and fragile man
with a great heart
for respect, love and dialogue
among peoples of all nations.

With a call in your heart
you establish a community
of peace in Taize' -
a taste of God’s kingdom on earth.

Yet you died a cruel death
never invoking revenge and hate
And even if your innocent blood
was oozing out of your breath
your brothers and ambassadors
of peace continued to sing the
Songs of Taize.

Brother Roger, thanks
for leaving us all
a great legacy of love,
fellowship and humility.

______________________
May 16, 2010 written during the Danish "Kirkedage" in Viborg,an ecumenical conference participated in by different Christian churches, denominations and organizations; happening in Denmark every three years.



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