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Another Poem for Paris: Tears of Blood

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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Prayers and Tributes for Paris

A number of wonderful poems, articles, and forum posts offering prayers, sympathy and tributes to Paris and those who died in the shocking terrorist attacks on the night of 13th November, 2015. One such poem was written by Janis Lesley Evans (janshares) called: "Paris Attacks | Another Random Act of Violent Terrorism Poem" which is heartfelt and a must read. Jan's poem also inspired me to write my own. This poem is dedicated to those who died in the Paris attacks as well as in other terrorist attacks around the world. My own country Australia has suffered ISIS related killings and a number of terrorist plots thwarted by authorities.

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Tears of Blood

Have you ever been afraid

Or fearful for your life,

A time when you had no control

But in the hands of fate?


Has danger stared you in the face

And snatched your breath away,

Made life flash before your eyes,

And you sought God's saving grace?


In the Land of Liberty

Where lovers honeymoon,

Evil raised it's ugly head

Beneath Black Friday moon.


Think about the innocents

Partaking Paris' charms,

When terror overtook the streets

And shattered all the calm.


The Devil came to Paris

On that November 13th night,

Killing without mercy

In the City of the Light.

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Spectators at a football match

Called a friendly game,

Diners of some fine French food,

Killed in ISIS name.


Music fans were targetted

Doing what they love,

Now listening to rock and roll

In God's concert hall above.


Death and murder elsewhere,

Like Syria and Lebanon.

It doesn't matter where you die,

So we all must stand as one.


To all the dead and wounded,

For you the tributes flood.

Peace lovers cry around the world,

Weeping tears of blood.

© 2015 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2016:

What a wonderful and encouraging comment Besarien. I feel poetry has a way of dealing with serious subjects that prose doesn't.

Besarien from South Florida on March 04, 2016:

This is fitting tribute to the city and to the victims of the ISIS attack. I admire that you brave heavy and complex topics with such a light and clever hand.

Your poetry in the wake of such devastation is sheer beauty reclaiming that day. Rebirth out of the ashes, Paris too rises like a phoenix. Kudos on a poignant and memorable hub.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 28, 2016:

I wish and pray for that too aesta1, hopefully one day it will happen. Thank you for reading.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 28, 2016:

I wish sometimes for evil to just be erased in our world but my wishes have never come true. It is so sad.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Hi again Jo. We are all given certain gifts to share with the world..whether it be through generosity, compassion, leadership, prophesy, art, music etc. the best I can do is through my writing and if I feel there is a message or lesson that people need to hear I will do my best to spread the word through poetry or prose. Thank you once again for your generous praise, and for sharing and tweeting.

Jo_Goldsmith11 on January 04, 2016:

wow! This is so prolific dear John. Your poetry really speaks volumes.

This is very moving and just clearly touches so many emotions. Very well done, I got shivers. You never cease to surprise me, move me or urge me through your words of emotion to feel something I needed to feel.

God Bless you! Amazing!! Shared and tweeted it out...(((((( John ))))))

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 14, 2015:

It is a very sad state of affairs when the world has come to this Surabhi. Terrorism is happening right across the world. I long for the day we can all live in peace and acceptance. I checked your hub. It has a wonderful message. Thank you.

Surabhi Kaura on December 14, 2015:

What a pity… what a pity! What has our world come to I wonder! My head hangs in shame. I had written a poem a few years back – https://hubpages.com/literature/great-earth

It highlights the atrocities which our Mother Earth faces.

Your poem deserves abundant applauses. It reads like a frozen soul. Thank you for sharing it, Jodah. Thank you for considering this issue, and paying a tribute to the lost lives. Thank you very much. God bless, Sir.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2015:

Thank you for that comment Deb. As well as grieving for the dead we all need to stand up and voice our opposition to this evil however we can. Glad you liked this tribute.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 27, 2015:

Weeping tears of blood is so right. That is a remarkable tribute to those that have passed for no reason whatsoever. We all grieve for the evil deeds of a few.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 26, 2015:

Al, thank you for a very insightful comment. You are right of course, God is our refuge and strength. We need to stay strong and not fearful.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on November 26, 2015:

Great poem and tribute here Jodah, no matter how much we as a people fight for freedom there are various civil wars abounding over the world. The closer we remain obedient to God (that encompasses His way of life) the better off we will be. The problem in the world is: believers are mingling with non-believers, making them in the wrong places at the wrong times. Innocent people are going down unjustly attacked. God is our refuge and strength. We should all go to and fro under the armor of God. Thank you for the heart felt poem for the people.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 26, 2015:

Yes I agree Alicia. I now this isn't the only city or country that has suffered such attacks and they all need to be remembered, but this one has been the most widely reported so it is the one that more information was readily available for. Thanks for reading.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 26, 2015:

Thank you for creating this important tribute to the people who were killed in Paris, Jodah. The people who died in this horrific event need to be remembered.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 25, 2015:

Flourish, it doesn't matter what they do and what attrocities they commit.. they will never win. Thank you Flourish.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 25, 2015:

We cannot let these people bring fear to our hearts or darkness to the city of light. Rise up and show them that good is stronger and more resilient and powerful than evil always. Together. Your poem moves.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 22, 2015:

Than you for reading Kurt. Your comment is much appreciated.

Kurt James from Loveland Colorado on November 22, 2015:

Awesome..........

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 22, 2015:

I often ask myself that very same question Shauna, why? I can't hear any satisfactory answer. Thank you for reading and caring.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 22, 2015:

Why has the world come to this? Why can't we just live and let live? I don't understand the mindset at all. I have stared the threat of death - or at least great harm - in the face. I was fortunate. My heart bleeds for those who were not.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 21, 2015:

Shyron, thank you for reading and for your touching comment. I am glad you liked the poem, especially those lines. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 21, 2015:

Yes, Genna, Ann did state the situation well. Everything that is written or spoken against the evil of ISIS is a weapon against them. I heard a quote recently that I feel is appropriate here, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can be weapons of mass destruction." If the only good that comes from this is that it unites the countries of the world in a common cause, that is a positive.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on November 21, 2015:

Oh Jodah, you touch my heart with your compassionate words. “It doesn't matter where you die, So we all must stand as one” those are my favorite lines, because they are so true.

Blessings to you my friend.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 21, 2015:

Oh John, this is stunning! Your words bring tears felt around the world for our Parisian friends. And I agree with Anne who stated it so well: "Each tribute, each poem, each action of support is a weapon against this outrage." The world must unite against these evil, senseless and psychotic acts that have become too common, globally, in our everyday lives.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2015:

Thank you for your touching comment Vellur. It is a sad and tragic situation.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 20, 2015:

It is sad that such things happen in this world. A touching tribute, brings tears to my eyes.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2015:

I agree with every word Nikki, thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2015:

I agree with every word Nikki, thanks for reading and commenting. Cheers.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on November 19, 2015:

I haven't been following the news in Paris but from what I've heard it is scary to think that anything can happen, anywhere. There are crazy murderous people everywhere. and there is no reason other than they are cruel and evil people to do things like this. I hope we put an end to all of them(ISIS) ASAP. but you never truly get rid of evil...it is always somewhere lurking around the corner, in the shadows, waiting for an opportunity to strike.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 18, 2015:

I am at a loss to understand it either Bill. It all seems like a cruel and pointless endeavor. Why can't we all just love one another and live in peace and harmony.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on November 18, 2015:

Wonderful tribute John. This world is going mad. I just don't understand how people can do this to one another.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 18, 2015:

Thanks for reading Mike. This was another shocking act of terrorism, and one of an increasing number. There have been recent attacks in Beruit, Kenya and Australia as well to name just a few. A police raid in Paris resulted in the deaths of two more terrorists and the arrests of seven more. A soccer match in Germany was cancelled and two French flights diverted due to bomb threats as well. Scary stuff. When will it end?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 18, 2015:

Hello lolly, thanks for reading. I can understand how these events could leave you without words. You are most welcome to share mine. Cheers.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 18, 2015:

Hello John. What a deeply heartfelt piece of work you have presented here. The news was shocking and you have captured much of the pain.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on November 18, 2015:

Your words about this ghastly night are beautifully written. I have no words of my own to speak, so will let yours stand in my stead. Well done.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 18, 2015:

Hi Peter, I am glad this poem moved you. It is a pity it is about such a sad and frustrating subject. Take care.

Peter from Australia on November 18, 2015:

John deeply moved by your poem... :(

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 18, 2015:

Yes Paula.. these are senseless tragedies and it seems like these terrorist attacks will continue to increase around the world until ISIS can be eradicated. This may be easier said then done because they seem to have recruited naive and marginalized youth in countries around the world. Thank you for reading my poem and for your generous comment..

Suzie from Carson City on November 18, 2015:

Jodah.......Such utter tragedies. Senseless, cruel, devastating attacks upon innocent human beings merely living their lives with no thought of the savagery about to occur. It is so far beyond comprehension.

Your poem has stirred every emotion. This is one of those very dark moments when our hearts are too heavy to bear. Thank you,

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 18, 2015:

Thanks Devka, yes it is a sad subject and there has been another confrontation in Paris since I wrote this.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 18, 2015:

It is sad and you have written a well-thought of hub.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Yes there in strength in unity. If there has ever been a reason for the countries of the world to join together in a united cause this is it. Thank you for sending out angels to all who need them, and for sharing, pinning and tweeting.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 17, 2015:

We surely MUST all stand as one...stand together or fall alone. How powerfully and passionately you painted the images of this egregious event. One that turned upside down and inside out the lives of so many...including the world wide community.

So thoughtfully shared, Jodah.

Angels are on the way to you and to all of those who are suffering tonight from this horrid act. ps

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John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Hi Phyllis, yes it is all worthy of tears. No matter what they try to use as their motivation there isn't any. They are just evil and doing the devil's work. Good will eventually win win out. Thank you for sharing on Pinterest, Google + and HP.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on November 17, 2015:

Tears for Paris and Her people, for the innocents who died at the hands of ISIS - tears for all the innocents around the world that the evil have taken away from us - these tears wet our cheeks and make us ask, "Why?" By what right do the evil have to take lives? May God deliver justice.

Your poem brings tears to my eyes and fills my heart with a demand for justice. Thank you, Jodah.

I found your poem on Pinterest and will repin. Also H+ and G+

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Firstly Missy, I am sorry that you have been very ill these last few days. Thank you for your kind comment and you are right in describing these terrorists as "monsters". They need to be stopped, and soon. You get well soon too. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Yes MsDora, it is a universal evil and the countries of the world need to unite to defeat it. Thank you for adding your prayers and tears.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Thank you Frank. Glad you enjoyed reading this despite the subject.

Missy Smith from Florida on November 17, 2015:

I thought about writing something in tribute myself, but have been very ill these past couple days. Right now, I don't think I have the words to express the sadness I feel, not only for Paris, but other countries that have suffered so much at the hands of these monsters.

You have done a lovely job writing a dedication to the victims Jodah.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 17, 2015:

Truly an universal evil to which your poem responds with an appeal for universal oneness; yet we feel individually. I join in the prayers and tears.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 17, 2015:

Jodah this was sadly enjoyable my friend :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Drbj, those are my feelings exactly. Thank you for reading and commenting.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 17, 2015:

Your poetry, Jodah, is beautiful and touching. We - all the people of the free world - must find a way together to stop these beasts who are less than human in finding ways to commit further barbaric atrocities and murder.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

True Swalia, ISIS should not be able to claim that any atrocities they commit is the will of Allah or in the name of Islam. All young people need to be educated to know the true teachings of their religions. Their can never be too many prayers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Thank you Venkat. The victims and their families need our prayers.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Rumpled Skin, yes we need to go on with our lives as normal. If we let things like this disrupt our normal routine the terrorists win, and we can't give them the satisfaction.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Yes Theresa, this evil needs to be stopped very soon. All leaders need to get together and find a solution. I know they are currently discussing the problem. Thanks for your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2015:

Carb Diva, it seems we only just get over the sadness from one tagedy when the next one occurs. It is becoming too common an occurrence. Thank you for reading this.

Shaloo Walia from India on November 17, 2015:

Those who kill in the name of religion have never read or understood their scriptures. All religions preach love and compassion.Spirituality and Value Education is the need of the hour.

Prayers for the ones affected by this tragedy...May love and peace reigns the world!

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on November 16, 2015:

A beautiful tribute to the victims of devil outbursts. It is very deep felt flowing from the sorrowful hearts.

A N Onymous from Wherever there is sincere fun and friendship being shared. on November 16, 2015:

I think the best tribute we could give might be to shun the smut around us, and do what the recent American awarded the Medal of Honor suggested: live our lives so as to honor theirs.

Good poetic effort, John.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 16, 2015:

John, you have expressed the sentiments so well here in your poetry tribute to all the victims. The world must unite against this evil that will just continue to grow and take innocent lives if not stopped once and for all.

Prayers to all

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 16, 2015:

My heart, my very soul aches--too much sorrow, suffering, sadness. Thank you for this beautiful remembrance.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Hello Nell, yes it is very sad, and all we can offer is prayer for now.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Manatita, thank you for your kind words. Let peace now reign across the world.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank for reading and for your kind comment Chris.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Ruby, the only positive about tragic acts like this is it acts as a catalyst for bringing the world closer together in unity against evil.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank you Jan. Glad you liked this tribute poem. It was inspired largely by yours, and it was a pleasure to share it. Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Hello Dana, don't be ashamed. Sometimes it is best not to know about such atrocities, and better to be in a happy place which you may have been. I'm sure your prayers were heard.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank you for reading this Diana. We do have to be constantly vigilant at the present time, it could happen anywhere.

Nell Rose from England on November 16, 2015:

Wonderful John! you have said it so well, its just so sad, depressing and downright evil, at this time we just need to pray for them, wonderfully put, nell

manatita44 from london on November 16, 2015:

An outstanding contribution, Bro. Let us all remember the relatives, the innocents ...those in prayer ..all those who love and seek the peace that passeth all human understanding ...

My empathies with all those who mourn and are afflicted at this present time.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 16, 2015:

A very moving verse, John. "In the land of liberty where lovers honeymoon." I love these words.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 16, 2015:

Excellent poetry John. I watched this horrible event unfold on T V, such a stupid waste of innocent life. It gave me a feeling of closeness. We in every country are united in heart and spirit. We no longer live in a safe world. Pray for the leaders all over the world.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on November 16, 2015:

Beautiful, Jodah. My stomach was in knots as I read the words, "Has danger stared you in the face . . ." which is exactly what happened to those in the concert hall, one-by-one. I can scarcely take it in. Thank you for joining in the poem tributes. Many thanks and gratitude for highlighting my poem. I'm honored. Peace to you.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on November 16, 2015:

Beautiful Jodah, I am ashamed to admit I had not heard about the Paris terrorist attacks until I went to a church musical Sunday and we said a prayer for the victims. Where was I not to have heard you ask yourself? I have no idea. May God be a comfort to those family members in their time of need.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on November 16, 2015:

This is a beautiful tribune to the victims and their loved ones. Dangers are everywhere. We can't be off guard for even a minute. God help us all.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank you Larry. Cheers!

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 16, 2015:

Beautifully stated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank you for reading and a very insightful comment Jackie. It all has to be stopped sooner than later. It is impossible to ignore.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 16, 2015:

You said it so well...

Good should overcome evil and could overcome evil. Paris was a horror but look at the millions slaughtered (many children and even babies) while we all stand around and go on with our lives like, "Don't look!" "Don't touch!"

It could be stopped and we all know it and if it isn't soon it could be us next. They don't lie about it; they want to kill us all or anyone who is not them. Yet we don't have ears to hear.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Yes Bill, it is a sad state when the world has come to this. Good is supposed to overcome evil...right?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 16, 2015:

I have no words, John! I simply do not understand how it has come to this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Yes Eric, it is so difficult to comprehend atrocities like this. It is hard to feel anything but hate and contempt for the perpetrators. Thank you for the kind words in regard to my poetry. Just trying to do my small bit through words.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 16, 2015:

So damned difficult to reconcile such murderous contempt for life. So hard to see some light in such darkness. Your poetry soothes the angst and helps on the road to recovery of loss. This tribute begins to put beauty back into life. Sadness for the hate makes us need such poetry. Thank you

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on November 16, 2015:

very sad indeed for this event. India too has faced this and facing it. complex political historical reasons are causing the innocent to bleed. time is ripe to act as world citizens forgoing religion, race, nation or sex.

check my poem society.

- hari

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 16, 2015:

Thank you for being the first to read and comment Ann. I was shocked by what I saw on the news the morning only hours after the attacks, though I can't say I was surprised. Most governments are expecting terrorist attacks to take place, the trouble is knowing when and where they will occur. I too admire how the people of Paris have shown such level-headedness and resolve in the aftermath. I am glad all your friends are safe but my prayers are with all who weren't so fortunate.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 16, 2015:

Outstanding, John! This is heart-felt, made me cry. In fact, I've been crying on and off since Friday. Trying to piece together a hub but my thoughts and emotions aren't clear.

Well done to you for doing this. Each tribute, each poem, each action of support is a weapon against this outrage. Paris' courage to keep life as normal as possible is palpable. I have friends there who are, thankfully, all safe, but my heart aches for those who were not.

We are likely to have more here, in fact several attempts have been thwarted so far; it won't be long before they succeed with another atrocity.

Thank you for penning this piece, John. It lifts my friends' hearts to know that so many around the world are with them in thought and prayer.

Ann