Amendment One

Published May 9, 2012 by April Fox

i feel as if
amendment one
is being read by the light of a bulb
shining through the skins
of my family, friends-
my children.

how can you cry your careful,
scripted tears over the loss of a life
not yet started
and tell the child before you
that his life means less than yours?

pro-life, and yet you spit
your prejudice and bile into the faces of your neighbors
fight to take away
their right to life

how easy is it for you to waste your righteous hours
combing through the verses in your book
tossing bits and pieces into piles by the side
over here are things that we’ll ignore
over here is where we make the condemnation pile

you gossip in the grocery aisles
while you shop for pork and tampons
maybe lobster for the anniversary of when you stopped
fucking behind the back
of the god that you adore

dip your razor in the baptismal pool
round the edges of your beard
shave your scalp clean
watch your faith fall to the floor

wine-drunk in the mornings
cannibalizing christ and if his body was inside you
you would see where you are wrong.

slave-owner, whore
if i were bible-bound like you
i could whip you while you cleaned my floors
then sell you for your meat
so your body could be violated
like your conscience must have been.

One comment on “Amendment One

  • It hurts that people use religion to promote prejudice. Not long ago, women couldn’t vote, had to get someone else to be legally “responsible” for their children if their husband died.People were denied jobs because of their skin color or religion dictated what neighborhood one could live in.Then there were the horrors of slavery, Old Salem Paranoia…most of us came to this country to be free of tyrany,to be allowed the freedom to believe as we wished.I know so many people who deny that family members have different orientations than they do. Deny it to the point that their own child or sibling feels they must hide their feelings or be rejected. People have to “relocate” to persue their rightfully earned educational degrees. Its not just about GLBT issues, in fact it is not, at heart,about these issues at all. Its about compassion, equal rights for everyone. Its about why [rp[;r came to America No one is asking for MORE rights than are given to others. Should you be able to leave your money to your partner with the tax benefits of marriage? Isn’t it YOUR money? Can you go see your “next of kin” if they are seriously ill? Can your child be denied insurance? My rights end where they begin to infringe on someone elses. Jesus did not speak only to those who agreed with Him. Even if you don’t like or understand the idea that some people may be different from you, you can still afford them the same rights that you have. Why does that hurt anyone? It takes courage to stand up and admit that “the way we’ve always done it” may need to be given a seconf thought.


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