For Karl Barth

I am reading my newsfeed
and 1 Samuel pokes its way through —
not today
the part about the sociopath
throwing spears at supporters —

no, I am thinking about
Kurds, on the one hand,
and Saudis, on the other oil,

and how these days
our country never, never, never
takes the side
of the five smooth stones,

and I finally understand
how psalms of lament came to be.

“Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.” — Karl Barth

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3 Responses to For Karl Barth

  1. msheehan says:

    Five smooth stones was one of my favorite books as an adolescent. Still in style in my mind, if not in the national mind.

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