This Side of Paradise
"If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you."
Christ told the Poet
"Find a fresh landscape of
Peace kissing our planet- it will happen
As God with compassion unravels the knot,
Annihilates nuclear weapons.
In bottomless pit you are by choice:
Discover Beatrice in your soul's purgatory,
O soon, very soon hear
The voice of Holy Witness.
At early dawn, noon and dusk
All hours, hear the voice.
Unto Devil you give away your divine jewel
And Evil grows auguring end of mankind:
'Tis time you scolded the Devil
Thriving in your cowardice.
I weep and pray-
Father is witness to it-
But I'm sworn, O Poet,
To save the earth,
If the nuclear war breaks out.
I revived the Dying Son in Capernaum
I healed the man in Bethesda
I feed Five Thousand with five loaves of bread
I can walk on the water
Only by Faith in Him
Only by Faith
I shall destroy the nuclear weapon
Two eyes, ears, legs and hands
This is not Thou
Thou art Two
But one is invisible.
You and invisible He-this alone is Thou.
You are merchant of blood
You say this is the blood of the rich, so very costly
This is the blood of the poor, so very cheap.
The war-mongering politician shouts:
I love the poor
I love their blood.
Where are the Ten Commandments you sold to nuclear bombs?
Has St. Peter again deserted me?
But, are you prepared for the Grace?
You fear to enter the Rose Garden
As you've lost your roots:
Hear Faith’s sacred music
That alone creates Golden age usurp’d
The only key is
Silent Prayer for paradisal light
And confession before your soul’s Guardians.
I am the eye that you've lost."