Sunday, October 2, 2016


Selena Gomez: UNICEF

Anata no senjō o mimasu

We sat and wept
until the trail of tears
wiped away our fears.

Our instruments were kept

away from our hands
until we could stand.

Those who were driving us out

asked us to play them a song
to sooth them for wrong.

Their development of clout

had left them without 
music for celebration.

Their administration of law

turned into a claw
for the craven haven 
of the graven raven.

It had no art

to cultivate heart. 
It only had death
for the chill 
from the thrill of the kill.
It made them feel ill.

Their belief that destruction

was the only construction 
that governed the element of choice
left them no voice with which to rejoice.

It was all about their devotion 

to consumption by gumption 
for destruction.
They couldn't function.

Deception led conception 
to misperception and the construal
of truth as the fault for the false.

We started singing.

The trail of our tears
had washed out our fears.
They were left in arrears
for liability due to injustice.

It was what they had to pay

that created our tears. 

They were dependent 

upon our ascent 
to transcendent joy
with the best we could do
with what little we knew, 
they found they could do 
even less.

137 Super flumina
1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, *
when we remembered you, O Zion.
2 As for our harps, we hung them up *
on the trees in the midst of that land.
3 For those who led us away captive asked us for a song,
and our oppressors called for mirth: *
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
4 How shall we sing the Lord's song *
upon an alien soil?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, *
let my right hand forget its skill.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you, *
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
(7 Remember the day of Jerusalem, O Lord,
against the people of Edom, *
who said, "Down with it! down with it!
even to the ground!"
8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, *
happy the one who pays you back
for what you have done to us!

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