We Preach Peace

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War is waged
And we preach peace

The war that has been
raging for centuries
is alive and well
rekindled
burning wild
uncontained
all consuming

And we preach peace

The flames of war
are devouring the Vulnerable
the Marginalized
the Helpless
the Hurting

And we preach peace

Open war is upon us
Shots fired
Aimed at Black Lives
that do not Matter
that have never mattered
in White America

And we preach peace

Shots fired
at our Latinx
Brothers and Sisters
who have never needed
a physical wall
to be separated
from White America

And we preach peace

Shots fired
at LGBTQ Persons
from Matthew Shepard
to Pulse
from North Carolina
to Indiana
to the White House

And we preach peace

Shots fired
at those who
cannot Openly
practice their Faith
without being called
terrorist
and told there is
no Home for them here

Shots fired
at the Sick and Dying
who live at the margins
and cannot afford
Life Saving Medical Care
and Medication

And we preach peach

Shots fired
at Mothers
at Daughters
at Sisters
whose bodies are sexualized
who are raped
and branded as whores
who have no voice
no recourse
and no Control
over their own Bodies

And we preach peace

We preach peace to those
who are killing
in the name of a vengeful god
made in their own image

We preach peace to those
who deny basic
Human Rights
and Dignity
in the name of a vengeful god
made in their own image

We preach peace to the powerful
We preach peace to the oppressors
We preach peace to the war mongers
as they fire their guns
constructed
of hate
of dehumanization
of death
in the name of a vengeful god
made in their image

We mistake Morality
for manners
of Justice
for peace
and of Peace
for quiet

And yet we have the audacity
to preach that peace

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