On the Feast of Corpus Christi, A.D. 2017

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On the Feast of Corpus Christi, A.D. 2017
The staff with bronze serpent,
the healing purge of the venom,
the water from the rock,
the manna, the calf broken,
the manna, the law given,
the manna, the discipline of disciples,
the followers of a promise,
liberated from captivity
in the desert, survive on manna
and water from the rock.
Having fled from captivity.
Back to the birthright promised land–
again full of murderous idolaters,
surely we are lost should we arrive so soon,
ploughshares and pruning hooks
in hand as settlers
knowing only how
to be whipped and scourged
for more labor and less livelihood

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