Sunday, November 1, 2015


After Acts 19

It’s always about money.
A word is spoken,
a message, a truth is spoken
   aloud and undressed, unspun,
   not explained away
   nor apologized for
and heard.
The untruth’s vested interest,
the merchant of the lie
objects, invents
a wrong to conceal,
to cover the interest,
like idols of silver,
and lost business becomes
a great worry becomes
a riot to smash
the truth, to smash
the word.
The word stands, however,

Illustration: Demetrius the silversmith stirs up a riot by Edward H. Courbould (1894).  

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