It’s National Poetry Month. This poem first appeared in Line of Advance (Volume 4) in May 2015.
Did Joseph Heller Know King David?
God asks you to destroy your nation’s enemies.
So, you pick up a sling
and kill the enemies of your people.
You get blood on your hands.
You eventually become king.
You get the people all fired up to build a temple to honor God.
You make the plans for the temple.
You gather the materials for the temple.
God says you don’t get to build the temple.
Because you have blood on your hands.
Hold on, now.
Say that again?
— Eric Chandler