I live in Door County, WI, where I contemplate the beauty of lake and forest and mutter about the disharmonies of current events. My most recent chapbook is titled Now and Then. I co-authored Slightly off Q, which was nominated for a Pushcart prize, and Two off Q, which won an award as best chapbook of 2008 by the Wisconsin Library Association, and have had individual poems appear in a number of anthologies and poetry journals.
The Day the Prophet Wept
Je suis Charlie chanted the multitudes
who packed Paris’ streets, placards and pencils
held as high as the torches which lit those streets
in an earlier era. Je suis Charlie, their refrain,
honored freedom of expression and those
assassinated for their words, their cartoons.
Across the city whose lights this night
sparkled like tears, crowds gathered
to honor the women murdered
while shopping for their sabbath meal,
women singled out
because they were Jews.
One man among the millions
who marched across the television screen
held a sign which read:
Je suis juif
Je suis policier
Je suis Charlie
He might have been Mohammed.
©2015 Judy Roy