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Western Christian Civilisation

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Western Christian Civilisation

A tanka poem, in Irish and English (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) by Gabriel Rosenstock, written in response to Western Christian Civilization (1965) an installation by Leon Ferrari (above)

ár gcogaí, a chuid
'tá in ainm an Athar
an Mhic is an Naomhspioraid
cogaí síoraí 'tá iontu
á bhfearadh ina ainm

our wars, Beloved
in the name of the Father
Son and Holy Ghost
this is perpetual war
waged in his most holy name

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Gabriel Rosenstock

Gabriel Rosenstock was born in postcolonial Ireland and is a poet, haikuist, tankaist, translator, playwright, novelist, short story writer and essayist.