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Thursday, 23 August 2018

A Prayer for Pennsylvania

Jesus said, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)


Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be the nameless & unnamed
Give us this day our daily news—
decades of abusers now accused
Deliver us from evil

I do not forgive priests who hurt little children

No matter how much they confess
or kneel or swish with holy water
No matter how many catechisms
or pilgrimages or prayers to the Virgin

I do not forgive pedophiles
or those who look the other way

They can drink the communion cup
until their bladder fills, explodes the prostate—
stuff their mouth with wafers, white as chastity

They can choke on this spotless body
rendered for them, offered for healing
of sickness and removal of sins

May they aspirate halfway through
their Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned
both the confessor and the falsely penitent

And then let them burn
Let them burn

Amen.

© Marissa Glover

Author's Note: The Old Testament is filled with prayers for the God of Justice to smite the wicked. The New Testament, highlighting the God of Love, tells us to pray for our enemies—and so I have.

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Marissa Glover teaches and writes in Florida. Her poetry is found in UK journals such as Amaryllis, Picaroon, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Bonnie’s Crew, and Solstice Sounds. Follow her on Twitter @_MarissaGlover_.

1 comment:

  1. Very affecting poem. I'm opposed to death penalty, even the burn in hell kind, but it is a poem, and feelings and thoughts are freely expressed and not to be taken literally.This is such a hard subject to write about. Not a poem I'll forget in a hurry.

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