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Christ provides Moses with planes, tanks, helicopters and bombs

in exchange for his friendship and the use of the Holy Land


Mohammed boards a bus, sits down next to a woman with groceries

dynamiting himself and all the passengers into the Promised Land


Buddha says to hell with what Christ thinks

as he begins to build his own nuclear arsenal again


Confucius decides he will be the next deity

to be launched into space


Vishnu hunts down Ganesha in the jungle

kills him and cuts out his tusks to be sold on the black market


Mohammed knows as long as he controls the oil

all other deities are mere mortals


Moses takes aim at Mohammedís children

armed with stones


Brahma blows up one of his nuclear bombs to threaten Mohammed

so Mohammed blows up one of his own to threaten Brahma


Lao Tzu continues to re-educate ethnic minorities

converting them with new and age old torture techniques


Christ with honor and pride

stands strong saluting the flag


The Circle Within the Circle


Walking the Milwaukee River corridor

cold in the middle of winter

quiet in the middle of the city

I come to find a small abandoned shelter

built by hands

logs layered together to fit

mud plastered shingled sides of dead plants

sealed strong enough to shed wind

on the side a small semi-circle entrance

you must crawl through

to get inside


Getting down on my hands and knees I peer in

Low arch of natural dome

Warmer inside than out

Dry sheltered ground

pieces of wood to sit on encircle the wall

the ritual positioning of people

around the outside of the circle

with open space across the center


Looking closer at the center

I see a small gentle shape

circled in dried summer grass

where a coyote

bedded down for the night

long after everyone was gone