The New Virus

Joan Miró

“God, save me by your name,
     in your power vindicate me.
        God, hear my prayer,
        listen to the words I speak.
  Strangers are attacking me,
     bullies hounding me to death,
     no room in their thoughts for God.
  But now the Lord is coming to my help;
     the Lord, among those who sustain me.”~ Psalm 54:1-4 [JB]

A virus is in our midst
for which no antibiotic
has yet been formulated
It is the virus of terrorism
the indiscriminate killing
of innocent peoples for
the cause of an un`god

Goaded by the Imams
preaching hatred’s creed
the infected spread death
as the catechism of despair
martyrdom their salvation
Armageddon the certain
pathway to a new world

For every one who dies
twenty more stand ready
to press terrorism’s cause
Once they were over there
now they are every`where
once diagnosed as zealots
now certifiable madmen


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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2 Responses to The New Virus

  1. my great sorrow is in knowing the world I will leave to my children’s children


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