Note: Reposted from December 1, 2016 and, here, revised
Wayne Roberts Abernathy (December 21, 1950-March 20, 1995)
Wayne. Numbered among the 1st generations of martyrs slain
by a killer, then, by most, barely known,
tho’ still, by some, bravely named.
Wayne, with mind and heart, soul and spirit,
weathered the firstly gradual, then rapaciously fleet
and inexorable descent into death’s shadow.
Yet neither cursing nor clenching closed his eyes to the looming dark,
he gazed fast at his Lord’s (his greatest Love’s) Light;
Whose promise of eternal keeping
he spent no moment doubting.
Tho’ some – e’en family and church,
oft misunderstanding and unaccepting –
questioned, given his “lifestyle” choosing,
which he boldly, surely knew
was no more his free electing
than any other manner of God’s creative bestowing.
In this, aye, verily, Wayne, in his dying,
damning not the imposing, yet impostering dark,
loved, longed, lived into Life’s unbounded Light
and now forever walks by blessed sight.
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