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Attack a Child Today (2 of 4)

November 8, 2015

Suffer the Little Children

the horror

Here they come.

Crying from the womb

from the breast

out of swaddling cloths

up from their cradle their

potty chair high chair

arms reaching out from their

mother’s hip from their

father’s arms out of their

door yard out through the

gate out of the

rubble up from the river

out of black rain out

from the vapor crying

the light. It is August

the sweet potatoes ripen

under grass in the fields.

It is morning, they come

suffering unto the Christians

and the Christians say No!

Thou shalt not.

No matter what.

I wrote this poem in August, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in honor of the victims, especially the children. I wanted to address, particularly, the Christians who condoned, and who would condone today, such violence (and the incendiary bombing of Tokyo, and on and on). Surely the willingness to perpetrate such violence is one of the psychopathologies of our democracy.

Although I have been a Taoist for many years, in my teens and early twenties I was a Christian. For a while I thought that I would become a Methodist minister, and I studied Christian theology quite a bit. Condoning such violence still doesn’t seem very Christian to me.

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