Blasphemy 2

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“Everyone has to be taught a lesson,” Alsana had said, lighting the match with heavy heart some hours earlier. “Either everything is sacred or nothing is. And if he starts burning other people’s things, then he loses something sacred also. Everyone gets what’s coming, sooner or later.”

Zadie Smith, White Teeth

“One day a woman came, carrying in her hand a basket of fine flour. She said: “Here, offer it before them.” Abraham siezed a stick, And smashed all the idols, And placed the stick in the hand of the biggest of them. When his father came, he said to him: “Who did this to them”? [Avraham] said:, “Would I hide anything from my father? a woman came, carrying in her hand a basket of fine flour. She said: “Here, offer it before them.” When I offered it, one god said: “I will eat first,” And another said, “No, I will eat first.” Then the biggest of them rose up and smashed all the others.”

–Genesis Rabba 38

listen. you.
you who made all out of this:
(        )

you who made the men who pretend
to see you as  (       )
who
in their
brick-a-break defiance
preach your name obscured
rip and scatter pages

but only imagine themselves
when they dare to say
they pray.

listen. you.
who are they to say what is sacred?
come to think of it,
who are you

to say so?

it is something to be
and to name

shouldn’t you have to choose
just one?

listen.
i have words for you, o god.

and, in defiance,
a name.

At the heart of this poem are two events. You can read about them here, here, and even here

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