Monthly Archives: October 2012

In God We Trust

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And you have decided that you are some

conservative, NRA card-holding,

xenophobic, homophobic,

misogynistic, chauvinistic,

fearful bully.

You pull out bumper-sticker quotes of

Jefferson, Madison, and Paine,

And you don’t even realize that they were

a)    Not Christian

b)    Out of context

c)    Not even their quotes

Read a history book.

ANY history book!

You argue that the government will take away

your Bible, your rifle, your freedom

–whatever that means to you

but you don’t mind if it takes away

the rights and freedoms of my friends.

You say, “Speak English!”

Did your great grandfather speak English when he got here?

You say, “Close the doors!”

As if the Statue of Liberty means NOTHING?

You say, “take off that scarf,

they all look like terrorists,

You can’t build here,

you can’t live here…”

“But don’t you dare touch my Bible –I have rights!”

And you know “those guys?”

Well, they’re just unnatural.

That’s just not right.

Because our God,

The one who hung out with prostitutes, tax collectors, lepers

And other “undesirables”

–Did you read that book?

Yeah, OUR God, says it’s wrong.

I know back then

it was all about polygamy, slavery, rape and pillaging

–but that so doesn’t count anymore.

And OUR God was ok with that.

–But two men –well that’s just wrong.

So we need to pass laws to save you

From going to our hell.

And so he would preach Christian family values

The way it used to be (segregated and suppressed)

To ANYONE who would listen –and agree…

But when his little girl wanted to say grace in the restaurant,

“Thank you God…for the grasshopper I saw today…

Thank you God…for healing my boo-boo last week…”

He finally interrupted.

“Can you do that later?  I’m hungry.”

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Fortune Telling

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Each card was slowly turned over.

The first revealed change.

the second was fortune,

and the third showed reward.

So I said to him that there was

This great opportunity in China…

“It’s dangerous.”

The money is four  times what I’m making now…

“People disappear.”

I’m being actively recruited…

“The state department has travel warnings.”

I will have a prestigious position in a huge company

With amazing benefits…

“You’re not thinking about your daughters.”

OK.  GLOVES OFF.

What?

Explain anything you just said

That doesn’t apply to America

–or anywhere.

I have been sexually assaulted –twice,

Robbed in my sleep,

And beaten right in my hometown.

I have had my wallet, 2 bikes, a TV, camera, 2 phones, and lots of money stolen.

I know 2 college boys who have mysteriously disappeared,

Different years, different states, different circumstances.

There have been three mass school shootings in the metro area.

Hell!  Ariel Castro lived just blocks away!

And it’s the state department’s job to issue warnings

For EVERY country:

Pick-pockets, internet scams, faulty contracts…Cookie cutter

Every country says the same

Except the UK

–check that one out.

Three times the warnings…

(Note to self

–don’t go to the UK

—oops, too late!)

“I thought you said Thailand was going to be

all ‘wine and roses.’” He said.

This position, this possibility, this opportunity wasn’t even

In my realm of understanding.

And it’s being handed to me.

And then, my closest,

oldest friend of about 35 years

unfriended me.

What I really wanted to say was “take the plank out of your own eye

Before you try to fix the speck in mine.”

But instead, I say this:

“Hold out your hand.

One day, you will be given a gift,

A complete surprise, that will bring you joy.

Be prepared to accept it.”