seeing the new; seeing news

By Jim Perkinson, on Revelation 21:1-6

“i saw a new heaven and earth”
13 shot in the buffalo market

for the first heaven and the first earth
had passed away
11 black, 2 white

and the sea was no more
10 dead

and i saw the holy city
and the perp showed up in the lot

coming down out of heaven from god
coming up from out state with a clip

prepared as a bride adorned for her husband
geared up and decked out in tactical

and i heard a loud voice from the throne
more than 70 rounds fired rat-a-tat

saying, “see, the home of god is among mortals”
the shots a clear report “white homies are only white”

god will dwell with them as their god;
they will dwell with each other as gods

they will be god’s peoples,
they will be their own people

and god herself will be with them
and god himself will be with them

and wipe away every tear from their eyes
and wipe away all other peoples

death will be no more
death will give a loud roar

mourning and crying and pain will be no more
mourning and crying and pain will rule the shore

for the first things have passed away
indeed, the first peoples have passed away

really?

“i saw a new heaven and earth”
and evangelicals think the glimpse
is license to trash her face
like chevron dumping oil in a forest
or a supremacist shooting up a mart
but i think the promise is rather
like a wrinkly-cheeked old woman
suddenly in her late hours displaying
before the equally-creased brow
of her husband a gaze full of the blaze
of her power like a bride at her shower
and the rain that still brings up flowers

and the one who was seated on the throne said,
“see, i am making all things new”

just like i always have before!

don’t think these words are true?
just look out the window.
supremacists may shoot
putin may nuke
but neither of them can create
or open a spring of water.

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