Masses: Psalm

painting by Marlene Vine (, poem by Roy Herndon Smith


Together, we lie
down in green pastures; we rest
beside still waters;

we find our ways through
the valley of shadows of
suffering and death.

Fear floods over us;
we fight each other, we flee;
evil afflicts us.

We prepare a feast
for each other, we anoint
each others’ bodies.

We weep and we laugh;
our cups overflow; we dwell
for all of our lives

in the homes and hells,
the fields of flowers and blood,
we make together.