powerless to stop it…

 

there’s always
an antiseptic smell
before
death
as if
we truly
believe
we might
cleanse death
from
our being
it’s
a fragrance
of
age
we know it
all
too well
from
nursing homes
and
hospital halls
but
sense it
even as
we walk
along a city street
it makes us
most sad
when
a passing child
has whiffs
of
death
we wonder
why
and
where is
god
but are
soon distracted
by
armani
arden,
or
fresh-baked goods
until
when naked
in
the shower
we
find
that
fragrance

 

delay due to increased volume…

you’re
new here
aren’t you
so you’re
probably wondering
about
all these pieces
of
folded paper
strewn
all over
the chapel floor
thinking
this is
not
what i expected
when
i got assigned
to
such a prestigious unit
well
truth is
we’re
way behind
on our schedule
of
events
see
folks used to
help one another
oh
they had their disagreements
but
on the whole
more folks
worked together
resolving
various issues
than
now days
which really
helped
to decrease our workload
and
the number
of
requests made
but
since humankind
has changed
and
moved away
from godliness
we
angels
are having
a harder time
with
addressing
all
the prayers

 

more than 1 a week school shootings…

just below
the dark circles
of
our eyes
lies
the reason
for
hopes demise
another
child
lies dead
and
you
continue
to deny
your part
in
this crime
as well
as those
that have
proceeded
this murder
you
continue
like
some rabid dog
to foam
at the mouth
with
formulaic
justifications
so
the slaughters
unabated
move
from
state to state
while
you
promise
to do
everything
within your powers
to
remedy
the problem
except
to deal
with
the real
issues
but
you offer
your
sincerest
condolences
along
with
your prayers
to
a god
you do not
even
believe in

how have you forgotten…

once
bullets pierced
your
father’s
father’s
flesh
sending
fragments
of
skin
and
bone
sailing
into
the air
as they knelt
in
prayer
with
the force
of
nails
pounded into hands
and
feet
all for
the fear
of
their
beliefs
what
dogma
blinded you
to
your own
history
that
lets
kill
another
in
prayer
when
god
only
has
a different
name

like lambs to the slaughter…

gripping their bibles
such a faithful flock of sheep

smiling earth demons
used only biblical words
to herd them to their own deaths