“Cult of Conservative Christian GOPers Backs Death Penalty for Gays With HIV” (Dick Whyte)

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………………..breaking news…
………………..he is gone by the time
………………..I get home

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Headlines:

“Cult of Conservative Christian GOPers Backs Death Penalty for Gays With HIV” (AlterNet)

“Rick Warren does the right thing” (BoingBoing)

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Poem by Dick Whyte (see editor biographies). Read more by this poet.

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^ 6 Comments...

  1. James Tipton

    Does Christ’s mercy have no end?

    That is a fine haiku.

  2. Chen-ou liu

    The opening line is great and sets the mood for the poem.

    Dick, an engaging read.

    Chen-ou

  3. Laurence Stacey

    I second Chen-ou! The opening line gives the poem a “jolting” sensation that seems to linger through your use of the ellipses. Very nice Dick!

  4. Dick Whyte

    Thanks guys – I am glad this one resonated because it is something that is very important to me. And yeah, the jolt of the poem seems to make it work. There is a lot of “ma” here, particularly when you take away the article. Perhaps too much?? Possibly. But I guess it is important to stretch the gap….

  5. Chris White

    I haven’t read the articles yet. As such, I do find there is a little too much ma in this as it exists on its own. Structurally the poem is very nice, but for me it lacks an anchor point from which meanings can really flourish.

  6. zofia

    Dick and Chris, I don’t know what you mean by ‘ma’. I find this poem beautiful. It conveys quietly a sense of sorrow and loss.

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