Not in His Name

The stupid Christians exile Jesu Cristo
because he’s strange-named, refugee, and Jewish
or was when he preached love, God’s rule, and peace though
they won’t admit to that. They go all shrewish
at the idea he’d want bigotry to cease. No
chance they’d follow him. His eyes weren’t blueish.

Wise Christians, there are many, hide in shame
at the evils that the dumb do ‘in His name’.


There had been tears enough last night. Now, breakfast settling
and the blood clotting darkly on his wounded arm,
he pulls his wet coat on. Stands up. And walks.

There had been tears enough last night. Her smartphone charged
up in the station where they’d tried to sleep,
she stands. She pulls her wet coat on. She walks.