A Poem Upon Entering the Fray by David Blauw
Watching them enter,Wondering where they stoodon the issue of tissue developmentand soul acquisition.
Could I tell from their haircutor the way their glassessat upon their noses?
There beside me is (I guess) an evangelical glancingwondering who is orthodox and who invites carnage.
So unlike a prize fight,the combatants smiled before-handand talked politelyabout the traffic on Route 22 and the mild winter...
Then unleashed, upon command,distrust and biasthat cut to the core of humanity.
A pigeon-holing of willthat relegated all the foeinto the oppressor.
Jesus has come to relieve the oppressorand the oppressedto relieve the enslaved by another's will.
O Lord,deliver us from all bitternessand unforgivenessfor the born and for the unbornfor the silent and for thosefallen victim to this worldof competing values.
Bring us to justiceCarry us to your will.
(Written Feb. 1992 at Princeton University, while waiting for a debate between representatives from Planned Parenthood, New Jersey Right to Life, Operation Rescue and Roman Catholics for Choice)
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