Ballad of Credulity
Women and priests in full-length skirts
are deemed less likely to be flirts.
Thus clad, the specious theory goes,
they stay immune to fleshly shows.
Religion is an outworn con,
burqa and hijab must be gone!
Mosque and synagogue, shrine or church,
their leaders leave us in the lurch.
True cynosures deserve respect,
yet tyrants - dirty trick - connect
man’s control with God’s Own Law,
and make the State a holy whore.
Bigot, devout fool or peasant,
sing your cross or chant your crescent;
choose to wail at a saintly wall –
irrational superstitions, all.
Humans who quaintly bow and scrape,
so far superior to the ape,
are creatures wrongly reared from birth
and taught to pray, rape Mother Earth.
This is an amended version of a poem published in Unholy Empires, 2008.
Alexis Lykiard was born in Athens. His books include 9 novels, translations from French, 2 memoirs of Jean Rhys, and numerous poetry collections – most recently Schooled For Life (Shoestring 2016). His website is www. alexislykiard.com