I am reading three poems, I know which ones I will read. Although, one of them (see below) I am slightly worried about. Mainly, due to its relative freshness, having only wrote it on Friday night. The subject matter, my lack of Faith, is sometimes offensive. However, I do not believe that Poetry or Art should ever pull any punches and should not be afriad to offend. It should say what needs to be said. Poets after all are "the unacknowledged legislators of the World".
The image is by Matthias Grünewald, it is a striking image. Even though I am scepitcal whether or not Christ existed at all (yes, I know that you can never find his body as it, like his mother Mary, was assumed into Heaven) but that doesn't relate to the power of the image. It is a striking account of Christ's humanity and the suffering "he", and countless millions of other people guilty and innocent alike were subjected to.
Anyway, the poem:
Thoughts Relating to the Ryan Report
The wreckage of the human condition
Is caused largely by
The blinded fools who cliam vision
Into this lie.
Yet they say that it will prove a comfort
To me when loved ones start to die,
Faith, they say, will prove a fort
A place of sanctuary where I,
In my ireligiosoty, can safely hide
Free from that specific type of pain,
And the ebbing and flowing of the tide.
Free from hatred, persecution, shame.
But to gain this I have to hand over
Myself completely, to something terribly proscribed
Like a returning former lover
Swallowing more than just pride.
Morrissey may have forgiven Jesus,
And by extension - Religion.
But, I can't. It's like a shot to the solar plexus,
Where good ideas are fucked by bad intentions.
It starves "possessed" children,
It tears the labia of girls,
It throws rocks at students,
It simply kills.
It causes you to hate me,
And me to hate you,
It causes you to dictate
Everything I should do.
And if you don't fit
Then your not worth shit,
And they'll fill your head with shame,
Regret and Sin.
It was created by Man,
In order to keep the poor
Weak and the strong in control,
To keep women subjugated.
It stones women,
It hangs homosexuals,
It arranges angry lynch mobs
It scams money for TV evangelicals.
There is no heaven,
There is no hell,
There is no god,
There is only Nature.
All the wreckage of the
Is caused by this lie.