17 Dec 2016 – On the Fall of Aleppo

The unbelievers stand around and argue which lives matter:
gesticulating violently, their waistlines growing fatter.
The world’s gone to the movies, death’s become a double feature!
Watch! Aleppo’s torn to pieces in the teeth of savage creatures!

The Love of God we boast in has become a bumper sticker
we’ve slapped on jeeps and tanks employed in tamping down its flicker.
We prove our chests are empty but for sacrilegious stuffings
when all the Earth cries out in pain and we, unmoved, do nothing.