The undead sit and sing
sad songs of angst
while the disillusioned discuss betrayal
with the ghost of past facts.
Their dread dripping from dead sores
in ringlets of despair
onto marble faced blocks of reality.
While, remorse, written on the stone
of graveyard debris
lies in the orchard of buried dreams.

Innocents gather
within the pockmarked walls
in the cathedral of glass,
while priests conspire
in a halo of flies.
The lone voice of dissent
is persecuted by the wings of eagles,
with talons of stone,
for the query of catechism.

Twin sons of the past
preach revenge and retribution
against tribes of hate,
giving false security in destroying
the blind children of barbarians.

Drunk on fermented prophecies
the two headed dogs
of greed and deceit
speak in a different tongue
to each ear that hears

Mesmerizing the nations of doubt,
with the kiss of Judas.
Inciting the white eyed demons
with the armor of self righteousness
to follow the fallacious zealots
onto the battlefield of corruption.

From the throne in the house of the holy
to the rotunda in the tower of power
the prophets of truth are discredited and denied.
Hypnotizing the catatonic believers
To sacrifice their sons and daughters
On the altar of martyrs.


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  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    The last three lines are a fitting way to conclude this masterpiece of writing.

  • Thank you Enivea, I reworked some of the ending because it contained too many references to religion and was afraid it would confuse the real message. Yes it does seem motive is unquestioned and sacrifice is expected

    – trwoody

  • Enivea
    Eniveaover 5 years ago

    While priests conspire
    in a halo of flies

    Love that line also! Glad you left it in:-))
    I think I was born with the question ‘why’ on my lips….

  • I too, was born to question everything. Most of my writing is of social commentary. Things I have not shared yet. I am so glad you GET it. Seems many in my country refuse to accept the possibility and fail to acknowledge the image we portray in world opinion. Even worst, they do not care.

    – trwoody

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 5 years ago

    Love and LIGHT……..

  • Ahh Norma my friend, so good to see your smiling face

    – trwoody

  • wingsoffire
    wingsoffireover 5 years ago

    A power write of so much truth here Woody.

  • Thank you Charlene, always a pleasure to read your comments

    – trwoody

  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    I very much loved and was deeply moved by your first version of this but this one almost sings – a sad song, a dirge – but it sings. You speak so much truth here that it’s impossible to address all the places you have laid that truth out for us to see, if we would only do so. Too few of us question our leaders, too few ask why of our false prophets and most of us prefer the “give me bread and circuses” – a la collapsing Rome – to a diet of leaner fare and the darker “entertainment” of the evening news. This is brilliant work my friend – in either version!

  • Give a visit now Lianne my friend…I think you may like it better. Many thanks to you. I shall refrain from posting too hastily in the future. You are so right about the cliques here…lesson learned, teacher…LOL xo Tony

    – trwoody

  • Obadiah-Qi
    Obadiah-Qiover 5 years ago

    This piece is thought provoking and excellent my friend.

  • Thank you so much Obadiah-Qi for your kind remarks

    – trwoody

  • lianne
    lianneover 5 years ago

    Yes – this is perfect! Given enough simmering time, we can usually manage to improve our own work. You honestly improved this dramatically each time and wound up with really a masterpiece of social commentary. I so admire you for your willingness to do that. Wonderful job Tony!

  • I knew better than to post so quickly. As we have talked, a poem after finished, takes as long to “stew” as it did to gestate. Thank you again, and wonderful to get to meet you. That made the trouble worthwhile.

    – trwoody

  • Vasile Stan
    Vasile Stanabout 5 years ago

    Wow, this writing just made my day. Your super clear vision of the reality impresses me much. And yet, not much can be done, but wait until the number of “soldiers of consciousness” tilt the scale differently. And that will take ages.
    Kudos my friend, superbly expressed, masterfully delivered.

  • Thank you my friend. This entire debacle is an awakening to the power of fear manipulation and intimidation.

    – trwoody

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