The Trouble Is Caring

Day 27 of the 2012 April PAD Challenge on

A martyr is murdered twice–
Crucifixion breaks flesh
but accusations pierce the chest.
Inquisitive eyes convict
the Golden Rule malevolent–
a childish fantasy–
financial plot to fleece the flock–
and those without a scheme
are lost inside a dream.
Reality demands a hardened heart.

The serpent is preferred.
It kisses, bites, but doesn’t bleat.
It slithers but in shadow’s sheets
away from our gilded sleep.
And when it bites, it proves
the innocence of apathy–
the complacent never strike a soul
and thus deserve no criticism.
Immaculate hands, practically saints.
Don’t bother us with your morality.


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