You are responsible for more fatalities
than any other African snake,
and I saw you when I lived
where you hide to surprise your prey.
Years later I saw you in human form
with your head puffed full of poison
ready to kill anyone in your drive
to dominate the world for democracy.
Now I see you shoot unarmed kids
and send drones to strike at unknown enemies
because they learned from you puff adder
to not be seen before they strike with their poison.
It is strange that a nation that calls itself Christian
more closely follows the African Puff Adder
than the one who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.” *
* (Matthew 5: 9 NIV)
© Ed Cooper, November 27, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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