The truth does not shout or whisper goddamn
and slam the unbeliever against the wall
of its church or government building.
Nor does it covertly send its henchmen from the courts of law
into the homes of those it governs
with God chained to its side.
Nor does the truth order the beloved children of those
who feed it with labor and taxes
to foreign lands as fodder, while it sits
in a guarded house picking its teeth
with slats from the ruins of freedom.
c Joy Harjo 6 Sept 03