don’t tread on me….

don't tread on me

now
the old man
knew
that the privacy
of a person’s
holy book
was more
sacred
than
the prophecies
or
prophets
who wrote it
folks
were
more than
willing
to go to war
and
kill others
to protect
the intimacy
of words
from
the divine
and
all
the shared secrets
enclosed within
so
that’s
where
he hid
his gin

will the circle be unbroken…

honey
i am so mad
i could spit
there i was
on the line with the one
and
only
divine being
don’t even
begin
to ask me for a formal name
like Mohammed, Christ, etc.
or whether it’s a
he or she
there was this mention of
boils
and
personal plagues
for revealing
heavenly secrets
so don’t even go there
anyway
as i was saying
there i was
well actually it was a conference call
with several other folks on the line
but that’s not important
i was the one
from
our
neighborhood
on the line
not pastor brown
but anyway
not to boast
or anything
i had just asked this question
’bout what was the true religion
well all hell broke out then
there were folks saying
it’s mine
no it’s mine
it was just like listening
to a group of kindergarten children
arguing over a dead bug
one person claimed
the church was like a pot bellied stove
you had to attend to keep
the fires burning
another said the church was everywhere
cause god was everywhere
so there wasn’t any reason
to hang out with a bunch of hypocrites
then child
some fools
chimes in
that god was on his side for war
of course
someone else called him a name
that I can’t repeat right now
but let’s just say
that they are no longer among us
on this earth for
that little outburst
so then without warning
someone begins
to talk about religion
and politics
oh child
if you could’ve heard
the thunder at that point
you would know
never
on any given day
to make the connection
but the words were spoken
and the answer was quite clear
wait
just give me a minute
honey
oh yes
something about
render to Caesar
i just can’t remember right now
but
that was
followed by something
to do with
oh yes
how there was only one way to truth
and then
all i heard
was
you never heard what i said
you’ve created a shopping mall
for religion
so you can
pick and choose
what you want
rather than
do what
i
said
then honey
the line
went
dead