Oculi Domini

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Alberto Burri

“The king is not saved by his great army;
        A warrior is not delivered by his great strength.
  The war horse is a vain hope for victory,
       and by its great might it cannot save.
 Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him,
       on those who hope in his steadfast love.” ~ Psalm 33:16-18

the bow is out
of the archer’s hands
The pilot guides his drone
firing deadly missiles
from the safety
of a desk

In a lab
a mad scientist
is weaponizing bees
to deliver toxic chemicals
New plagues replace
the old bombs
white war

The King
asks for more
weapons less regulation
saying ‘We must be strong!
Then we will be feared!’


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Oculi Domini

  1. Oh how technologically advanced we have made ourselves; I can remove from you your life without ever looking at you or smelling your wife’s flat bread baking on the sides of the clay oven. I can obliterate from the face of the earth your children whose own faces are not wiped nearly enough, spending too much time out on the earth. But the white war, like Satan, has love for no one and will be the demise of us all, despite its own maker.


  2. dreadful necessities


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