Trapped in Leviticus

they are trapped in the thou shalt nots
& forget forgiveness, quoting over & over
a book wiped away by the new covenant;
twisting theology to fit
their own brand of rightness

why are we silent,
opening our mouths only
to sing hymns, we
who love God but not the politics
that claim to own him
as if Jesus had a political party,
as if greed and hate were ever virtues

letting them borrow the appearance of faith
to whitewash inner wrongness,
forgetting the lessons
of the pharisees

their external purity
masking something old, dead
& very human

nothing divine lives
in those tombs
they call hearts

***I doubt this poem needs an introduction–we all know who it is for.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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27 Responses to Trapped in Leviticus

  1. “twisting theology to fit
    their own brand of rightness”
    Biting, hard hitting, critical and the play on “rightness” is great!
    “their external purity
    masking something old, dead” evokes painted sepulchres

  2. I do appreciate what you write! This is EXACTLY what I have felt, experienced and think. THANK YOU for VERBALIZING it! Susan! I am a lesbian—I was also brought up very strict Catholic, attended Catholic grade schools, high schools and Marquette U–and in 2 convents—it has been a long struggle…I also have a lesbian blog… I have received ONE very damning post on it—so…I do not advertise it much…but I am sharing it now…LOL…

  3. I am sharing your POETRY on Facebook! It is GREAT! Thank you!

  4. Rhonda says:

    Here! Here! Brilliant, clear, true, hypocrite exposing, awesome poem!

  5. cfbrown (कवि) says:

    i like and i say bravo.

  6. nelle says:

    Well done, and my gratitude!

  7. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    It is hard to know who on Earth you could possibly be referring to. . . for I have been living on another planet the past thiry some odd years. 🙂

    I like this but I will challenge one part of it. When you note at the end that “nothing divine lives/ in those tombs/ they call hearts” I would say that something divine does live there, the folks you mention are simply frightened of it, of its power.

  8. doncarroll says:

    good and strong all the way through. i was with it almost right from the beginning.

  9. Deborah Avila says:

    You must know my ex~ 🙂

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  11. sonofwalt says:

    Bravo again! Yup, good idea. Facebooking this.

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