Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Poem about the Silence of the Church on Trump's Candidacy

Silence Says it All

The bishops are silent
the pastors, deacons, priests—are silent
before the candidate who speaks and acts
            at times like a monster,
calling twice for his supporters to assassinate his opponent,
riding (indeed steering!) a racist meme for five years—
that Obama is not an American--
galloping all the way to the presidential candidacy,
slandering Immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, even the Pope,
mocking the disabled, demeaning a war hero
            because he was a prisoner of war,
stirring the xenophobic shadow lurking within us all . . .

and the bishops are silent, tongue-tied.

The heart aches, and thinks back
to Germany and Italy in the 1930s.

Robert M. Coughlin / September 21, 2016