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Declaration 18, Joshua losing the battle, he goes


Photograph of a church behind a treeAnother article from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which I focus on in order to create poetry for a conservation project here in deep dark Crouch End, London.

Article 18.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Declaration 18, Joshua losing the battle, he goes

I stand before the edifice
Like Joshua, arms outstretched
About to put a bugle to my lips
Calling on the church to crumble

Atheist, my urge is strong
Agnostic, ignorant, I’m labelled
Activist, the chant goes up
My faith will not be rumbled

Yet here we are, here we stand
Before the golden temple gate
Awe struck, mouths gaping wide
Without a word left to grumble

The building remains in grace
Cracked, fissured and decayed
Entombed yet reincarnated
Saved by the moneyed men, not the humble

I stand down before the edifice
Bow down to developing gods
Enslaved again in Egypt lands
My thoughts today sold like jumble

23rd December 2018

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Wendy Young
4 months ago

Superb … concise … powerful

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