Editor’s note: The Post and Courier received several essays and poems on the subject of the Mother Emanuel AME Church slayings. We are publishing two in print and another online. Find all of them at postandcourier.com.
By Patricia Anne Edwards
A special chosen leader
To lead one of God’s congregation
Now he will always be remembered
Not only locally, but across the nation
To have something of this magnitude
Happen in such a religious and sacred place
We all must bow down and pray
And be grateful for God’s love, mercy and grace
Many will remain in disbelief
Some with heartaches, grief and pain
We all will continue to cry a sea of tears
Knowing only God can shield us from the rain
This deadly act may be very hard to digest
And many are questioning why.
It will just be too hard to comprehend
How these innocent people had to die.
We sit back and try to contemplate
What thoughts go through one’s mind
Why was this evil-doer filled with such hate
Towards hearts which were kind?
The Bible says, “the unjust will not prosper”
And this suspect will soon pay
But we must learn to conquer hate with love
And allow God to show us the way
We must not show negative outcomes
If positive results we want to achieve
And do not feel you must hold in your emotions
Because we all have the right to grieve
A very tragic and horrific situation
Which took the lives of nine
But the place their souls will go
We are sure they all will be fine.
Patricia Anne Edwards was born and raised in North Charleston. She is a member of Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. She has written more than 360 poems over the years, the majority based on current political events, love, death, race, religion and everyday life.