The Empires of Things

Added about 5 months ago by Catherine Bird

A poem by Catherine Bird, inspired by God’s People and the Seduction of Empire by Graham Turner and written during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We finally see the empires of things
for what they are;
purveyors of half truths
at best –
viral,
clogging the lungs of those
smaller kingdoms of kindness
that are our true breath.

This great death reveals one hope,
and one hope only – 
that we, exiles from joy,
will now settle
in that land of promise
which has thus far in eternity
been mistook for folly.


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