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Sunday, April 08, 2012


by Janice D. Soderling

A god by any other name 

would be a rose on the third day
and how about this paper wall
between the church and the terrible state
of a fair trade off for homeland security
and guns across America in beautiful

paintings of the signing of the Constitution 

do you see a black founding father etcetera?

Which has significance for a real patriot. 

So move along and love me, your enemy,

for even as we taser, even as we pepper-spray,

even as we flamboozle, we are deep-googling you, 

my unfriend, my gullible, my god's lamb chop.

This land is my land and my prattle is your prattle too.

Exactly what would Jesus say
about this god-awful wallpaper?

Janice D. Soderling is a strong supporter of The New Verse News and a previous contributor. She has published hundreds of poems, fictions, and translations at print and online venues based in twelve countries. She hails from the United States.