Anti-Abortion Poetry – L.B. Strawn’s Woes on Ev’ry Hand

This week Eagle Rising is exhibiting the anti-abortion, pro-life poetry of one of our readers – Mr. L.B. Strawn.



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I climbed to the top of the mountain

And looked at the troubled land.

From the east to the westward fountain,

There were woes on ev’ry hand.


From Canada to the gulf and old Mexico,

To Alaska as well as Hawaii’s isles,

The ills were seen to continue and grow,

And amidst the problems were Satan’s wiles.


He was beguiling most people with fun.

“Grab all the gusto each day as you woo it.

Have sex, do drugs till the day is done.

If it feels good, go ahead and do it..”


Yet others, he was beguiling with hate.

“Kill–destroy with arson and gun.

At ev’ry opportunity do it–don’t wait.

This, too, is a form of having fun.”


endabortion“It gives you a glow, a sensuous thrill,

To take a life, to show you’re the tops.

It’s such a blast to kill and kill.

Don’t worry about the stupid cops.”


I could tell this was all so appealing

To many of the young and to many of the old.

The family values he was stealing

In a scene too sad to behold.


So many babies were being aborted,

The action declared as a “God given right”.

But God’s word is being distorted—

Thus, the surgical carts were a gruesome sight.


Their little backs and legs and thighs,

Their tiny arms and necks and heads,

Pieces mingled with brains and eyes;

Not as children lying on their beds.


The adults were teaching and luring the young

Into sex and drugs and prostitution.

These sinful lusts from Satan have sprung

And, it’s ripping apart our constitution.


The carnage brought anguish, along with fears

That, soon our nation might cease to be.

My heart felt an ache, my eyes filled with tears;

These things were just part of all I could see.


I wondered how God had patience to condone

All of this evil brought by Satan’s wiles,

Remembering the destruction to Sodom, He’d done

For their pernicious and different life styles.


He has destroyed many Godless nations !!

His power is far greater than ours.

He uses many natural situations

To prove His majestic and awesome powers.


One situation He’s using seems to be AIDS

In an effort to persuade evil man

Away from his immoral escapades

And back to salvation’s simple plan.


But, man is too wise in his own conceits

And may not heed the lesson given.

Most likely he’ll listen to Satan’s deceits

And ignore the lighted pathway to heaven.


How sad was I as I slowly descended

Into the depths of chaos and death,

For, as a mortal, I’m not yet ascended

So I must live by a mortal’s breath.


While on the peak I had cried, “How long?”

“How long, oh Lord, must this carnage go on?”

Yet, I knew through His word that I must be strong

And live among sin till He calls me home.



By L. B. Strawn

January 19 and February 28, 1993


The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by

About the author

L.B. Strawn

Born August 30, 1925, near Holcomb, in the boot heel of Missouri, raised near Springfield until 15, moved to Flat Rock, Michigan, graduating high school there. Volunteered US Army Air Corp (now US Air Force). Served 3 ½ years. Left active service as 2nd Lt, served several years in reserves, resigned as Captain. He married Mary Ellen Roton in Montgomery, Alabama, February 22, 1947, after returning from nine months in Germany in the army of occupation where he helped rebuild Rhine-Main airfield near Frankfurt. By September, 1947 they had settled in southern California where he worked 4 ½ years building military aircraft for North American Aviation (now Rockwell International), advancing to leadman, then accepted position with California Highway Patrol, retiring after 25 years on December 30, 1976. His family consists of four children and seventeen grandchildren, of whom he has written in his poems.
He and his wife were baptized into Christ in May, 1947. He services as a deacon and bible class teacher in the Rose Ave. Church of Christ, Bellflower, Cal.
His poetic endeavors includes God, Christ, the church, nature, love, marriage, family, special occasions and even politics. A few are comical but ALL attempt to convey thoughtfulness, with good morals. He has written over 2,000 poems and short stories, of which many are based on actual occurrences while most are fiction. He has been published five times, one hard back book, "OF ME", by Carlton Press of N.Y., (contains 96 poems and received a very commendable review by the Long Beach Press-Telegram, in which his poetry was compared to that of Joyce Kilmer, who wrote TREES), four chapbooks of 23 or 24 poems, were published by "The Plowman" of Whitby, Ontario, Canada. Now he publishes his own chapbooks and has a total of 11 of his own. They have from 23 to 31 poems. More chapbooks are expected momentarily. As a result of being a finalist in the 1997 ISP contest and convention in Washington, D. C., this book is being added to his long list of achievements.
He was a member of World of Poetry, from whom he received one silver poet and four golden poet awards, one outstanding achievement, one fourth place and fourteen certificates of merit. He is now a lifetime member of The International Society Of Poets with gold, ruby and emerald awards, three $50.00 semi-finalist awards and one finalist award. He won first prize in a contest by "The Plowman". He has been published in several news papers and news letters in California, Missouri, Michigan and Pennsylvania, and in two national news letter, also in numerous anthologies. His poems have appeared in many church of Christ bulletins throughout the United States, and 900 have been included in a CD Rom.
In his endeavors in publishing, he has printed 15 chapbooks for two sisters, who write poetry, and for friends, as well as poets throughout the USA, some for a local chapter of the California Federation of Chaparral Poets, of which , he is a member. Also for 1 poet in Australia and 1 in England. He is always trying to advance the cause of poetry, and has taught 10 classes in the ABC and Downey school districts. Though he has some college, he has no degree, however many, hearing his poetry and his delivery, have thought him to be a teacher by profession.

His books are available for purchase through him.

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