Easter’s Rage: A Poem that Will Get Pastors Fired

Just a quick disclaimer: The following poem includes rather strong language. Something I think goes well with Easter. For Lent I gave up swearing … well almost.

A Homily for Easter
by David R. Henson

Goddamn evil
Goddamn abuse
Goddamn injustice, slavery and rape.
Goddamn racism
Goddamn war
Goddamn that strange fruit of bigotry and hate
Goddamn suffering
Goddamn hunger
Goddamn indifference, apathy and waste
Goddamn noose
Goddamn death
Goddamn despair, depression, the wait
Goddamn Good Friday
And a Goddamn cross
Goddamned it all,
Goddamned it too late
Yet we live like it’s Easter
Like God has been raised
We live like it’s light,
In spite of the dark.
We live like there’s joy
With spite in our hearts
For all that remain of our Goddamned days
These Goddamned
Good Fridays.

About David R. Henson

David Henson received his Master of Arts from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, after receiving a Lilly Grant for religious education for journalists. He ordained in the Episcopal Church as a priest. He is a father of two young sons and the husband of a medical school student.

  • Fr. Simon

    That’s not strong language. You should read the brilliant “Dazzling Darkness” poems in Mthr Rachael Mann’s book – that conveys the real challenge of the cross. I expected at least a “fuck”

    • http://www.facebook.com/unorthodoxologist David Henson

      I’m with you here. But some folks, even progressives, really hate the word goddamn, so I thought I’d at least add a warning. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/unorthodoxologist David Henson

      I’m with you here. But some folks, even progressives, really hate the word goddamn, so I thought I’d at least add a warning. :)

  • http://twitter.com/revdrewdowns Drew Downs

    Love, love, love it!

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