No Peace, But a Sword


What peacefulness
doth rule our land!

It seems a deceitful peace —
the tranquil loom of progress
leads us by the hand

to sport of gallows-keeping
the martyrdom of faithlessness

our souls offered glumly
to dark princes who desire us
to don their bloodied flags
like supermarket wraps

our Christ no longer beams to us
while our lives loll away
unto the door of utter death
and we order out again

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About Pete Mladineo


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