. A Psalm of Lament So says the Lord: A voice is heard on high, lamentation, bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, she refuses to be comforted for her children for they are not. ---Jeramiah 31 In Israel a voice was heard, Lament and bitter weeping. For Rachel’s heart was cruelly stirred, For death had come a-sweeping. A plague of locusts, Baal’s flies; No lintel blood could spare her child. For how could she restrain her cries When terror laughed and evil smiled. O God, King of the Universe, Your Word is Law, your arm is strong, You promised blessing, but a curse Has traded righteousness for wrong. How shall we sing a psalm of praise? Your Holy Name with joy adore? In grief we grieve these grievous days, For Rachel’s children are no more. . . James A. Tweedie is a retired pastor living in Long Beach, Washington. He has written and published six novels, one collection of short stories, and three collections of poetry including Mostly Sonnets, all with Dunecrest Press. His poems have been published nationally and internationally in The Lyric, Poetry Salzburg (Austria) Review, California Quarterly, Asses of Parnassus, Lighten Up Online, Better than Starbucks, Dwell Time, Light, Deronda Review, The Road Not Taken, Fevers of the Mind, Sparks of Calliope, Dancing Poetry, WestWard Quarterly, Society of Classical Poets, and The Chained Muse. He was honored with being chosen as the winner of the 2021 SCP International Poetry Competition.