A Message of Love and Hope

On the day of Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 10.30 am (local time), two suicide bombers exploded themselves in front of the Cathedral Catholic church in the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Makassar is my hometown. I was born and raised there and attended mass several times in that cathedral during my childhood. You can read an article news about it by clicking on the link I posted underneath the image above. This is not the first time a suicide bombing targeted a church. Back in May 2018, another very similar tragedy happened to three churches in the city of Surabaya, the city where I was residing at that time until now. It was a shocking moment, but we bravely continued our daily activities. We could not succumb to fear, we refused!

I present you two senryu poems below as part of my expression.


deluded comfort

found in extreme hate doctrine,

erupting violence


safety and comfort

crushed by erupted violence

left a hole in heart

I refuse to succumb to fear, hate, or use my words to promote them. Yes, of course I am angry, sad, desolated, but I still have hope and love in my heart. So, I fight fear with hope and love. Here’s another senryu with this message. May peace be with us all.


like the rising sun

my heart too rises with hope

confront hate with love

Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge no. 351 – Comfort and Erupt


Tanka Tuesday Weekly Poetry Challenge no. 219 – any subject of poetry using haiku or senryu.


  1. Irene says:

    Sadness but I love your hopeful perspective.

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    1. Erlyn Olivia says:

      Sad indeed, but have to keep the hope. Thank you for your comment, Irene.

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  2. SelmaMartin says:

    My soul rises with hope as well. Know that someone in Japan is thinking of you. These atrocities should not be happening. We are better than this. Let’s keep hope alive no matter what. May peace be with us all.
    Be safe. I wish you miracles. Selma ( https://selmamartin.com )

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    1. Erlyn Olivia says:

      Thank you for your words of comfort, Selma. Stay healthy and safe always to you too.

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  3. Your last senryu says it all. Very nice. ❤

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    1. Erlyn Olivia says:

      Thank you, Colleen. 😊

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  4. Denis1950 says:

    Very powerful poetry. People around the world stand with your thoughts

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    1. Erlyn Olivia says:

      Thank you, Denis. May peace be with us all.

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