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November 12, 2012

Pray For Me, Father

By Sherwood Ross

A poem by a veteran who believes most Americans prefer peace and resent the waste of their tax dollars on wars in the Middle East.

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Pray for me, Father, mine is the sin of cowardice
For I do not set myself on fire at the White House gate
To protest murder. I am a glutton for God's blue sky.
Pray for me, Father, for my tax dollars set a banquet for Death
With napalm and daisy cutters and snakelike missiles
That blow apart other men, and their wives and children
While I walk secure along the shore of the tranquil sea.
Pray for me, Father, and I will pray for you.
I will pray for a church that does not decry an Inquisition
Where men are broken and driven mad in the dungeons  
Of Bagram, Kabul, Gitmo, and Abu Ghraib
A church of priests who recall Golgotha
As if Jesus and Jesus and Jesus by the thousands   
Are not being crucified now  by the Masters of War
Are not shuffling home on artificial legs
Are not staring sightless from wheelchairs
In VA hospitals into God's blue sky.
Pray for me, Father, and I will pray for you.

(Sherwood Ross is a Miami-based reporter, press agent, and published poet who served in the military and believes that the overwhelming majority of Americans want peace and resent their tax dollars setting "a banquet for Death.")


Submitters Bio:

Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public relations director for a major civil rights organization.

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