22 Jun 2016 – What the Sparrow Said

The sparrow told me that our City on the Hill
is on the hit list after Sodom and Gomorrah.
I knew my nose would never lie to me, and smoke’s
the offspring of the flame that tests our good intentions.

I’m crawling on my hands and knees to find a spring
that I can drink from without listening to hawkers
selling me the annotated tears of Jesus
dripping from a sawed-off shotgun-shack of power-brokers.

This morning someone ‘righteous’ – on the radio –
confessed to all a candidate had changed his mind,
and for consideration now received, his soul
was now his megaphone, declaring this man just.