poem for fundamentalists

Go to hell Abrahan, Abraham go to hell.
That should be plain enough
For any idiot to understand
Be on your way and don’t look back
Be sure to take your three sons
With you when you go down.

You have trampled all over Mother Earth
Replacing systems that held more truth
Than those that sprang from you ever had
Your early conversion tools were fire and sword
Later replaced by, guns, bombs, and drones
Ever wonder why you needed such things?

The old beliefs you replaced are returning
Your family will be quickly overwhelmed
We have our own vastly superior weapons
Demonstrable truth and natural harmony
We can incorporate science and freedom
Increased knowledge is no threat to us.

You all sure fight each other a lot
Families are supposed to get along
Violence is the tool of the omnipotent
Killing folks stops sinning and saves souls
It is an inevitable series of consequence
When ignorance is your universal truth.

Continue down the path you’re on
Don’t hurt any heathens going down
They are likely better folks than you
More spiritual and far more intellectual
I know that you don’t understand the concept
Take your Torah, Bible, and Koran with you.

Walter Birdwell
November 2012

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Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.

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