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Friday, August 03, 2012


by Andrew Rihn

John Liming reflects on restaurant chain Chick-fil-A’s religious stand against gay marriage. 
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Picking and choosing bible verses
like items from a 99 cent menu,
they come in droves, foxes
to the henhouse. Freedom
of speech like the wolf
in sheep’s clothing, they eat
more chicken as if killing fowl
wasn’t still a slaughter.
Though I’ve said it before, I still believe
that love is a legitimate force.
But in the face of all this capitalism
and deep-fried bigotry, what can I say?
On this day, my queer voice
is too sad to shake this world.
On this day, they celebrate only themselves.
That their hearts are clogged is no metaphor.

Andrew Rihn is the author of several slim volumes of poetry, including America Plops and Fizzes (sunnyoutside press) and The Rust Belt MRI (Pudding House).  He lives in Canton, OH.