People everywhere are becoming fearful
distrustful of others, even of those who are close
The world is filled with dread
communities have become fragmented
The tree of life has been ravaged
fruit, leaves and branches lay scattered
Only the trunk remains with its bark stripped
many have withdrawn into their personal hermitages
Loved ones offer some sense of security
Daily we are bombarded with lies and deceit
as fertile as a creeping devouring weed
The future holds little promise of hope
as optimism has lost its roots
Avarice and violence stalk the streets where we live
many succumb to alcohol and drugs
to escape their reality, yet this is detrimental
to behaviour and personality and is ultimately destructive
No longer do we greet one another in the street
eye contact is avoided so as not to provoke hostility
It is better to withdraw within onself
to a secure place and into a self created alternative world
Is this retreat reversible?
Can some degree of normality be restored?
has trust irrevocably disappeared?
Is this the destiny of humanity?
Restoration is only in the hands of God
who most of us have abandoned
He has been left outside the portals of our homes
an unwelcomed guest caught up in the brambles of an institution
We can no longer save ourselves
Who is there left to redeem us?