This elegy (a poem of serious reflection, often a lament for the dead) was composed by members of the senior class here at RVA this week. One of the students read this today during chapel, immediately following the weekly singing of the Kenyan National Anthem, capping off three days of mourning in Kenya following the horrific events of last weekend. Many of you have read this in an email we sent out earlier. We thought it would be appropriate to post it here as well.
A Cry to the Heavens
An elegy by the Senior Class
Rift Valley Academy
Scattered shoes and broken glass
Strewn on sparkling marble floors,
Sounds of trickling fountains
Drowned out by thunderous gunfire
Exploding from men with dark intentions.
Lives lost in senseless slaughter
Leave the hallways of our hearts empty.
Our spirits are heavy,
Minds full of fear and doubt.
Finding peace in the valley of the shadow of death,
To the Lord we cry out
with every labored breath –
For meaning, answers, forgiveness, hope,
Healing, and REDEMPTION –
Come before tomorrow
for we need light in the darkness,
a darkness wrought with sorrow.
We cry out to the Heavens for
An answer to the madness.
Restore to us the gift of peace,
The promise of life free of fear.
The days go on and on
Healing cannot happen fast,
But through love and strength and unity
The cowardice of evil men will not stand.
We can hope for another day,
A sky filled with joy and not with blackness
And the laughter of children
Will restore our halls to gladness.
It is with love and unity that we pray for all of you who are grieving and shaken by this horrendous act. We stand together with you. You are not forgotten. RVA Class of 2014