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 —
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