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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Liturgy of Skulls

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Hollow eyes watch
for Armageddon
as if blood could
reanimate bones
taught death
was the lily field
of resurrection.

A liturgy of skulls
drones through dust
heaven has a deadbolt
only a sword can unlock.
Behold, the sons of Abraham
have only one agreement.
The rib cage of hell
 will house souls
 condemned by
by their religions.

©Susie Clevenger 2016


Photo:

By Merlin - Praca własna, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9420767




14 comments :

Outlawyer said...

Yikes--seething indictment--really quite terrifying; also your just honed in knowledge of scripture is so interesting here in delineating your message--all very succinct and distilled. k.

Ellecee said...

Powerful words, Susie. It's sad that so many of the atrocities of our world have been tied to one religion or another, still happening today. The bones continue to mount.

Mama Zen said...

Excellent, Susie. Just excellent.

Sanaa Rizvi said...


A liturgy of skulls
drones through dust
heaven has a deadbolt
only a sword can unlock.

Such powerful lines..!!!

brudberg said...

Oh what religion has lent its name to... Horrific what's been done and what continue to be done.

Hannah said...

"The rib cage of hell
will house souls
condemned by
by their religions."

Boom!!

Awesome, Susie!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

As a post-theistic, Christian existentialist universalist, your poem resonates more than you know. Yes, espousing religion is no substitute for true lovingkindness and compassion.

rhymeswithbug.com said...

Wow This is powerful - love the shape too.

De said...

Love this, especially:
"heaven has a deadbolt
only a sword can unlock."

Raivenne said...

Damn, this rocks!

"heaven has a deadbolt
only a sword can unlock."

"The rib cage of hell
will house souls
condemned by
by their religions."

I stood up and applauded before I could catch my self.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Ha! I'm inclined to agree. Terrific writing, from the title on.

C.C. said...

Your title and line about "the rib cage of hell" are incredibly well written and so poignant! Wow.

grapeling said...

yes, they will. solemn, Susie ~

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I agree with Hannah! "The rib cage of hell
will house souls
condemned by
by their religions." What a punch!

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