KINGDOM OF HELL

When he returns — his voice a trumpet,
his tongue a sword, riding a white horse
down from the sky, crossing five-lane freeways
packed full of oil-fed camels stalled
under needle-eye interchanges,
what if he exits where monstrosities squat,
full of passionate intensity,
holding down their literal corners?

Will he sit and braid a whip,
then rise and tip the tables?
Will he drive the deacons out to their Suburbans?
And if he sees their olive-skinned shepherd,
their lamb, the portrait of themselves
they’ve killed and pray to —
will he still have come to build,
                or to destroy?


Adam Young
ADAM YOUNG is an instructor at Middle Georgia College and he's previously published in Vox and Palo Alto Review.
The Adirondack Review
The St. Lawrence Book Award
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