Friday, October 21, 2022

Exotic, toxic city

After Daniel 1

An exotic, toxic city,

a city alien to belief

and faith, a city

treasuring gods

of stone, gods of clay,

gods of metal.


An exotic, toxic city,

welcoming new citizens

who bend the knee,

rewarding those who

reject their own 

for the dazzling array

of wealth and power.


Yet even here, here

in this citadel of destruction,

and false worship, four

decline to eat what the city

offers, the king’s food, 

to show where life and

sustenance are born.


And it’s not from 

this exotic, toxic, city.


Photograph by Jisun Han via Unsplash. Used with permission.

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