Hearts of Stone

2012-02 My son sent me this photo which looks like shunning. Hearts of StoneBy any chance, does this desolate photo — with backs to me — look like I'm being shunned?

My fleshly brother, who is also a Jehovah’s Witness elder, sent me a photo of my son and my granddaughter after twelve years of nothing. Watching this photo of my son walking away — but not one photo of their faces — my heart broke. I thought to myself that this religion turns loving hearts into hearts of stone. I wept for my children caught in the Babylon-ish religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Oh *sigh* I suppose this is what can happen when Mercury is in retrograde — it’s the only time I can despair so deeply — and come up with poetry titled “Hearts of Stone”:

Hearts of Stone

When I left religionHeart of Stone
I sacrificed
my beloved children
On the altar
of religion.

I left and they stayed.
Now I’m shunned.
Abandoned by their love.
Yet, I am free
From religion.

But religion
Turned our hearts to stone.

I am free — but for religion.
I miss my kids.
While happy memories of my childrenHeart of Stone
In my albums
remain close to my heart.

I live a new life
Free of religion
But religion
turns hearts to stone.
My heart aches.

Religion teaches that it is okay
To shred family bonds
In the name of god.
But our hearts have turned to stone.

Yet stones are living beingsHeart of Stone
with beating hearts.
What does it take for a heart
To beat?

Pick up a stone
And feel its heartbeat.
It has one.
You know.

A stone is filled with love
And a lesson.
On how to have a living heart
Of love.

Stones warm themselves
In the sun.
Their hearts beat strong.Heart of Stone
They are sure of their place
In the world
Oh to be a stone
In the hearts
of my children.

If my children
have hearts of stone.
There is hope.

The stones I know
Have beating hearts
Filled with love.

And the stones I know speak volumes.

                       ~ ©Esther

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