heathens to the dirt


Language is violent;

cut out all their tongues.

Each word latches onto the ancient scaffold of

choices, which means


one form over another,


violent: burn the books, ban the Internet.

Love assumes privilege of one form

that must conform to lie comfortably inside another; the aprons of heather

graced by rain, the characters tingling

between pages and into the dreams of children

Shame upon those who have taught their children the word

for flower, the difference between water and fire.

Love is an act of hate —

ban it.

Suicide is the ultimate blasphemy against God.

To prove you fit into our new religion,

you must kill yourself first

things first. Then

you can burn the books.


Image credits in order of appearance:

By Gustave Doré – Illustrationen zur Bibel: Paulus in Ephesus, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7336957

By mikael altemark from STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Books for burningUploaded by mangostar, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9076049


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