George Held

 

 

(USA)

 

 

 

Kill

 

Thou shalt not kill today

has the power of ho-hum

The new Sixth Commandment

is Kill! – in the name

 

of the faith, the nation,

the race, the whim

Kill till you feel pure,

purged, ennobled

 

Take to the streets

with white banners splashed

with blood-red “KILL!”

blaring from them

 

Kill every spectator

whose looks enrage you,

kill till you feel pure,

purged, ennobled

 

Kill in the name

of the faith, the race,

the nation, the whim,

and then kill some more

 

 

 

 The God should…

 

open a Twitter account,

redistribute health worldwide,

uproot war and plant peace  –

close His Twitter account . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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George Held writes from New York. Among his recent books are After Shakespeare: New & Selected Sonnets (Cervená Barva Press, 2011) and Culling: New & Selected Nature Poems (Poets Wear Prada, 2014).

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