I bit the hand that force-fed me faith,
Bitter and rotten, swallowed by my father and his father and his father before him
Served with clover and forb; seasoned with fear and consequence.
I bit the hand, exhaled, and said, “Amen.”
I ate forbidden fruit.
And my eyes were opened and I reveled in my nakedness.
I’ll be damned if God finds the gall to throw me out of paradise.
I ate forbidden fruit, inhaled, and said, “Amen.”
Yes! “Amen,” I said. For it is so because I said so.
I shook my fists before the crucifix,
Commanded, “Thou shalt not control me!”
For God is me and I am He.
I scream “Amen” and rise from off my knees.
…we have never been more free.
J. Edward Leonard has his hands in everything right now. You can find him everywhere.