the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

i renounce religion

visceral fires burn gujarat
vivisect and be merry
sings the politician
tap dancing on dead stinking bodies
what kind of madness is this
that makes bonfires of little children
torches pregnant women
turns neighbour against neighbour
and makes monsters out of ordinary faceless men
leading dull pitiless lives

marx said religion was opium
it shadows senses hides inequities
but such crimes of hate
are not perpetrated by people
benumbed by the drug of religion
but risen to a frenzied hysteria
by mob reveling in the seething rage
of impotent power
a collective orgy of ritual

you kill a man because he doesn't share
your obscurantist ideas
your bloated belching beliefs
you destroy a child
because he was born into a religion
he had no role in seeking
and you don't just surgically kill
you torture maim burn and then laugh
your sardonic devilish laughs
and go back to your one room tenements
or your fancy homes
watch third rate soap operas
on prime time television
spouting kitschy family virtues
rape your woman in bed
and pretend life goes on as usual

even an animal is not voyeuristic
you watch people burn to death
raise a toast to your petty lords
and your effete loins
you impotent you beast
you wretched son of the soil
you messiah of hate
you mindless miserable soul
you pawn in the hands of politician
you scum
you make me ashamed of being
i renounce the sordid religion you embody

religion the slayer of innocent kids
religion the one-way ticket to lunacy
i renounce you

(5 March 2002)