Prince of Peace

War after war to end all wars

Tanks, bombs, mushroom cloud

Poison gas and anthrax

Feeding the egos of kings

Universal carnage certified by

Bibles and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Purges, crusades, inquisitions

Stakes and faggots

Flames and racks 

Jew, Arab, Moslem, Anabaptist

Unholy butchery perpetrated by

Protestant Catholic in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Conquering, invading, occupying

Trail of tears, smallpox, slaughter

Genocide, thievery, suppression,

“Savages,” battle, Little Big Horn

Pompous imperialist endorsed by

Popes and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Nets of greed kidnap

Middle Passage stench and sorrow

Auction block, whip, shackle, rape, 

Sold, cotton, sugar, overseer

Racist cruelty sanctioned by

Bibles and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Gender queer beaten to death

Cast out of paradise and

Down into infernos of hatred

Mingled with loathing

Homophobic viciousness applauded by

Bibles and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Knee on neck, bullet in back

Body armor, tactical gear, teargas

Split skull handcuffed on ground

Death by cop, the crime of being black

Systemic malice authorized by

Bibles and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Twenty-two hundred volts

At twelve amps

Surging through the terrified body

Of the mentally ill impaired

Death by State justified by

Bibles and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Redlines, slumlords, polluted

Food deserts lacking healthcare

Making America white again

Push back xenophobes

Chauvinistic viciousness sanctioned by

Bibles and pulpits in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Priests, pastors, teachers assault 

Little boys, pedophile, abuse

Lives of shame, ever-bleeding wounds

Shattered foundation, crumbling

Exploitive assault covered up by

Bishops and systems in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Wealth and power to manipulate and control

The minds and purses of the sheep

Who trust and follow the chaplains of

Capitalistic militaristic empire

Pompous totalitarianism legitimized by

Sermons and gods in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Shallow greed, misogynist, walls, cages

Amoral malignant narcissist 

Sociopathic inventor of facts

Sycophant minions

Totalitarian dictator endorsed by

Religion and clergy in the name of the

Prince of Peace

Fountain of living water forsaken

Cisterns, broken cisterns, 

That hold no water

Faithful shepherds feed

Beautiful feet

Mountains of Zion

Good news

Our God reigns

The Prince of Peace

(On the Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima, August 6 and August 9, The United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous People)

About Dr. Larry Taylor

Radical Anabaptist Jesus Freak Red Letter Christian, sailor, thinker, pastor, teacher, chaplain, counselor, husband, father, grandfather

Posted on August 6, 2020, in anabaptist, Bible, Bible Teaching, Christianity, Justice, Kingdom Life, kingdom of God, parables, Peace Shalom Hesed, Poetry, Spirituality. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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