Sunflowers For Christ

North Dakota grows sunflowers, hay, Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles,
and Christian kids whose adults proudly call them, “Kids on Fire.”

Missiles 30 times stronger than the ones that vaporized Hiroshima
lie at 150 peaceful- looking sites nestled amidst barns and hayfields.

How do you normalize hell? The children are at Jesus Camp are taught to call themselves “Warriors for God” and to fight without mercy.

One six or seven year old girl is pictured praying in genuine grief,
tears running down her cheeks, “Please don’t Kill them. Don’t kill them!”

She thinks she’s crying for fetuses, for the souls of the unborn.

The sunflowers for Christ raise their heads to the sun. Their feet are on fire.
Their adults prepare to toss them into the furnaces of war.

to the teeth
the sun is setting on the century
and we are armed to the teeth
we’re all working together now
to make our lives mercifully brief
and school kids keep trying to teach us
what guns are all about
confused liberty with weaponry
and watch your kids act it out
and every year now like christmas
some boy gets the milk fed suburban blues
reaches for the available arsenal
and saunters off to make the news
and the women in the middle
are learning what poor women have always known
that the edge is closer than you think
when the men bring the guns home
look at where the profits are
that’s how you’ll find the source
of the big lie that you and i both know so well
by the time it takes this cultural
death wish to run it’s course
they’re gonna to make a pretty penny
and then they’re going to hell
he said the chickens all come home to roost
malcolm forecast the flood
are we really going to sleep through another century
while the rich profit off our blood
yeah it may take some doing
to see this undoing through
but in my humble opinion
here’s what i suggest we do
open fire on hollywood
open fire on mtv
open fire on nbc and cbs and abc
open fire on the nra
and all the lies they told us along the way
open fire on each weapons manufacturer
while he’s giving head to some republican senator
and if i hear one more time
about a fools right to his tools of rage
i’m gonna take all my friends
and i’m going to move to canada
and we’re going to die of old age

Barbara La Morticella


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