Can Words Undo What Words Have Done

can words undo
what words have done
peopled hollow heavens
with candy-coated demons
betrayed holy forest beams
to consecrated reams –
further besmirched
in sanctimonius ink
there are no holy books
to curb a grown man’s need to think
no holy words
or solely holy men
we are without exception
mortal and fallible, amen.

You cannot invest
in holy acts
nor can they be
insured or traded in
to be truly holy they must be
free as rain
and as a Belgian Domincan*
once proclaimed (to my instantaneous relief)
right action ever supercedes
right belief


*Edward Schillebeeckx




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