The Prize

The politics of religion,

its statues on fire

All martyred saints burning

in canonized pyre


As cardinals of vengeance

seek new hearts to be stoned

Inquisitors ramble,

the Creator on loan


The religion of politics,

 papal decrees

Guilt laden promises,

 salvationists fee


Crusaders on horseback,

twelve Apostles alone

Which is more dangerous,

the Word or the throne




“Raise the curtain—praise the Lord,

darkness censures fast

Faith though blind, still hope to find,

beyond iconoclasts


“With eyes wide open, see the light,

all else to render lies

His love unending, given free,

eternal life the prize”



(The New Room: April, 2022)

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