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

Easter’s Rage: A Poem that Will Get Pastors Fired April 2, 2012

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.


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  • 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”

    • 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. 🙂

    • 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. 🙂

  • Love, love, love it!