‘On the Murder of Two Women Outside the Gare Saint Charles in Marseilles, France’ by James A. Tweedie The Society October 1, 2017 News of Note, Poetry, Terrorism 1 Comment Blasphemy A Reflection On the Murder of Two Women Outside the Gare Saint Charles in Marseilles, France, This Morning, October 1, 2017 “Allahu akbar!” The words rang clear, As if the man was shouting them at me. I had no way of knowing they would be The final words that I would ever hear. Such a phrase! I made a mental note To set aside some time to meditate On what it means to say that “God is great!” . . . My final thought before he slit my throat. A mas’baha is strung with many a bead— Exactly ninety-nine—to honor, laud, And glorify the holy Names of God; Each Name an inspiration, prayer, and creed. One hundred beads would be a travesty. And God as “Slayer of Women” is blasphemy. James A. Tweedie is a recently retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He likes to walk on the beach with his wife. He has written and self-published four novels and a collection of short stories. He has several hundred unpublished poems tucked away in drawers. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) One Response James Sale October 3, 2017 Very powerful poem – congratulations. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.