Youmans (pronounced like 'yeoman' with an 's' added) is the best-kept secret
among contemporary American writers. --John Wilson, editor, Books and Culture Marly Youmans is a novelist and poet out of sync with the times
but in tune with the ages. --First Things

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Word power

This page in the nigh-infinite library of the web is devoted to words arranged in the right order. Here are heartfelt, powerful words of anguish, beauty, and forgiveness--words that reveal the heart and soul, the mixed tangle of feelings, and the chosen determination to hew close to the injunction, "Love one another."
"You have killed some of the most beautifulest people I know. Every fiber in my body hurts.... May God have mercy on your soul...We are the family that love built."


The response by "Mother Emmanuel" church to the shootings reminds me so much of the words from the Old Order Amish to the shooting of ten girls, ages 6 to 13, at the Amish West Nickel Mines School back in 2006. They were shot at close range, execution-style, and five of the girls died on the spot or soon afterward, while the others were seriously injured. The Amish expressed forgiveness and comforted the family of the killer. The thought of an Amish man holding the killer's father in his arms makes an indelible picture.

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  1. Thank you for putting this video in your blog, Marly, and for prefacing it so beautifully. I am also grateful to the judge presiding over this bond hearing for inviting the family and friends of those people Dylann Roof murdered Wednesday night to speak to the culprit right now, while the wounds are wide open. I'm glad the judge didn't just go through the usual motions. I hope and think that speaking to him may help the mourners in their grief, and I think the fact that Roof was made to listen to them without being allowed to answer imparts some measure of real justice to the proceedings against him.

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    1. Thanks for your comments here and elsewhere, Mary. I've been so glad to see thoughtful comments when what I saw below the youtube video was so often cruel and distasteful, mired in vengeance and hatred.

      For passers-by, here are a few more thoughtful comments, including yours: Comments

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Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.