Anarchist’s Love Song

the slander-mongering-propagandist-prophet scrolls
bold words
with hooligan-colored crayons
and calls it scripture

the media-stained-icon-self-proclaimed-virgin-saints
preach a gospel of blind submission
as we cry tears of blood
and bear the marks of crucifixion

i receive their sacraments
but they do not sit well in my stomach
i am uneasy as i attempt to worship in their temple
forcing myself to recite their liturgy

but silently

Joseph Crow Riley

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
— H. L. Mencken

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