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Pray For Me, Father

© By Sherwood Ross

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Pray for me, Father, mine is the sin of cowardice

For I do not set myself on fire at the White House gate
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To protest this war. I am a glutton for God's blue sky.
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Pray for me, Father, for my taxes set a banquet for Death

With napalm and daisy cutters and snakelike missiles
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To blow apart other men, and their wives and children
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While I walk secure along the shore of the tranquil sea.
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Pray for me, Father, and I will pray for you
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Pray for a church that does not decry an Inquisition
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Where men are broken and driven mad in the dungeons
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Of Bagram, Kabul, Gitmo, and Abu Ghraib

A church of priests who speak of Golgotha
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As if Jesus and Jesus and Jesus by the thousands
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Are not being crucified now by the Masters of War
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Are not walking home on artificial legs

Are not staring sightless from wheelchairs

In VA hospitals into God's blue sky.
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Pray for me, Father, and I will pray for you.

(This poem was written with guitar chords for singing the words. Further information from sherwoodr1@yahoo.com)
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Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public (more...)
 

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