Another Paradise

Jane Dougherty Writes

I have no use for your paradise

full of scum repented at the last

a motley crew of priests and politicians

delinquents and dictators

the brutes and the bores

les infréquentables.

Your paradise has no place for those I call my friends

who give everything and ask for nothing in return

whose eyes are full of trust, deserved or not

and who find their joy in another’s happiness.

Give me the deep earth for eternity

the vibrant earth so full of life

and let my essence mingle

with the blood and bones of those

excluded from your eternal bliss

because their humble hands

have never learnt to pull a trigger.

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