Monday, April 29, 2019


“Their idols are silver and gold,
    the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak;
    eyes, but do not see.
They have ears, but do not hear;
    noses, but do not smell.
They have hands, but do not feel;
    feet, but do not walk;
    they make no sound in their throats.” Psalm 115:4-7

the politicians speak
   but only empty words emerge;
the high-powered open their eyes,
   and look past the vulnerable;
the autocrats listen to each other,
   but never to the needy;
the ones at the top
   never reach down
   to lift the fallen;
the well-known have feet,
   but never cross the street
   to welcome a stranger;
and we continue
to idolize them all when
we do not call them
to account

© 2019 Thom M. Shuman

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