There's a Spirit in Iraq

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Dear Tom,
I don’t know where you are right now
It’s just a few people who do
I’m wondering what life’s like for you now
These weeks I’ve been thinking of you
This past Meeting for Worship we held you in prayer
and as I sat breathing American air
I kept wondering what life’s like there
Are they feeding you?

Dear Tom,
My inbox is full
It’s all stories and pictures of you
It’s high time we put R-E in front of 'connection'
and hope that you’re feeling it too

Dear Tom,
I just talked to my mom
I was coming from hiking the trail
Somehow I knew that the call was about you
She said that they found you

Dear Tom,
I’m thinking of writing a song
I fear that I won’t do it right
But I know that you’re with me in loving the wrong
and not letting it keep you from life

Dear Tom,
Your children are strong
I saw Cassie yesterday on the news
She got asked some tough questions
and we’re all asking now
when our media will stop ignoring truth
And I haven’t talked to Andrew
I hear he’s not well
I can’t imagine the things he must feel
And if Spirit would give me the words
I would tell him I love him and hope he can heal

Everybody feels you, Tom
You’re not long gone
You’ll live on in songs and in our hearts
And I can do my part and make this art
Spirit finishes what it starts

Tom Fox, this is Jon Watts
Can you hear me?
Have I listened to you clearly?
I read your blog
and I know it’s not lost but we lost you
We didn’t know what this would cost you
You’re lost in war zones
We wish we had you back
but you brought the war home
There’s a Spirit in Iraq

I’m remembering back to when you where a FAP
You had a silent and a powerful presence
You had so much wisdom that you kept inside
but we knew you were wise
your silence was the evidence
I learned from your eyes not to speak all the time
To be wise means to not have to prove it
And we talk about patience and love all the time
but you showed me that someone can do it

They’re saying the battle you’re fighting is lost
because you didn’t live all the way through it
Some Christians have said that your mission is ended
and even, they’ve said it was foolish

Tom Fox, this is Jon Watts
Can you hear me?
Have I listened to you clearly?
I read your blog
and I know it’s not lost but we lost you
We didn’t know what this would cost you
You’re lost in war zones
We wish we had you back
but you brought the war home
There’s a Spirit in Iraq

I said I believed in you in an interview
I felt I had to do with Fox News
and the man looked at me
and said he fully understood
how bad it must feel in my shoes
But my shoes are fine
I feel quite a bit of pain
but the bombs here fall less often than the rain Consecutive days are relatively the same
I don’t have to hide if the Americans find my name

So when they assume I want revenge
I don’t fully understand
There are thousands in Iraq who won’t have that And we can still sit back in our comfortable chairs
and laugh and get mad about the Nasdaq

So I know what you did, Tom Fox
I know how you helped those people
And the good that you’ve done is important right now
in the face of this thing that’s so evil
Because they’re pushing the families apart
and it’s hard to pull them together
And when I think of your life
there’s a piece in my heart
that sees peace that can last us forever

Tom Fox, this is Jon Watts
Can you hear me?
Have I listened to you clearly?
I read your blog
and I know it’s not lost but we lost you
We didn’t know what this would cost you
You’re lost in war zones
We wish we had you back
but you brought the war home
There’s a Spirit in Iraq

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from The Art of Fully Being, released March 15, 2007

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Quaker poet-producer-songsmith in West Philly.

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