• Paul D. Wilke

Twisted Homily


HARK!

For God is love

and beauty

and peace

and goodness

too

so sings

the maggot chorus

feasting on

the oozing scabs

of starving children

in far-off lands

neither here

nor near

so never fear

such mere abstractions


and yet...


what's so clear

before our eyes

(look around!)

is God's redeeming love

and sublime creation


SO MUCH LOVE!


I feel it in my aching heart

when my belly is stuffed

and my bed warm

for surely all's well

when my accounts swell

and my house

is a happy home

with manicured lawn

and two-car garage

WHY

YES

INDEED

good people

of the world

I proclaim once more

all's well in the world

MY WORLD

anyway

yours can go to hell

what are you to me

after all

but mere abstractions?


and so I offer


THANKSGIVING!


For God is love

and grace

and mercy

and kindness

too

say it now

for you know it's true

that right this minute

some simian chorus

is singing

its simian song

somewhere

feasting on the carcass

of some

gentle

little

creature

of God


but have no fear

this is how it should be

this is the way of the world

as long as they feed me

let's rejoice in fellowship

snuggled in

this warm and peaceful feeling

as we chosen ones

revel in

the Holy Spirit

do you feel it

do you feel it DO YOU FEEL IT

brothers and sisters?


HALLELUJAH!


Praise be to

God on the highest

for granting us

this boon

this largesse

this fridge full of shit

kept far away

from danger

we are

and from maggots too

nestled safely in

this septic heaven

(or anti-septic hell)

of stainless steel

and glowing screens

where abundance

dulls the mind

and pixels

warp the vision

tricking us to embrace

the damning error

of believing that

God is Love

Only












-----

Falls Church City

June 2022

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