Sound Destruction: RHYME SCHEME 2005 - IN GOD WE TRASH

Friday, June 24, 2005


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GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN is about as perversely witty as they come. He's started a Political Poetry Slam on his site, and I felt inspired to write the following (which, incidentally, actually happened).


I met my daughter for lunch today
At her elementary school between class and play
Along the way she stopped to stare
At a framed statement that was hung with care
With deliberate conviction she then read aloud
"In God We Trash", and she smiled so proud
Though misread by a girl only just in first grade
A point was nonetheless so clearly made
I gasped surprised, astonished, and bemused
For indeed God has been politically abused


Blogger Doug said...

You know, Sar, I was really nervous when I saw the headline that your poem would bother me. I really like it, though. And, if I get it I even agree.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

The irony of my daughter's statement wasn't lost on me, as I think its dispicable that God is being used as a pawn to promote political agendas. So yes, you got it.

However, let the next round of religous dialog commence. Personally, I don't think schools should have the "In God We Trust" placard. I think it violates the separation of Church and State. While it doesn't personally offend me, I do feel for the jews, hindus, muslims, atheists, and all the other myriads of religious sectors who, as part of this melting pot we proudly call America, are forced to view this in their school. Just because they may not be Christian, does not mean they're not American. I like to think the healthy answer is the option of parochial schooling.

And while I'm ranting, it really grinds me that there are people who think if you don't support this placard, you're Un-American or Un-Patriotic.

5:19 PM  
Blogger GABRIEL C. ZOLMAN said...

Thanks, Sar! I appreciate the write-up!

Excellent work.

I'll add a link to you on my site.

I wish more people took the time to participate!


10:52 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Sar, it's always been my feeling that people who care about their religion want a separation of Church and State which is healthier for the both. I do sometimes get aggravated when religion is revised out of history, insignias, etc. Here in Southern California recently they changed the County seal because it showed the original Pueblo Los Angeles, which was a mission and had a cross. The thought that our story would be that missionaries either had nothing to do with our history, or that they came to this area to trade pelts doesn't do anyone any good. I think there's a fair balance to be struck between honoring the role of religion for better or worse in our lives and requiring it. This is rambling. I think I'm tired. 'Night, Larry.

12:43 AM  
Blogger Sar said...

Gabriel - thanks! I've never thought of myself as having much writing talent, so coming from you that's a huge compliment. Next time I surf over I'll be sure to look for it

Doug - I extend the same sentiment for your compliment as well. I agree with your point, and I also think it's ridiculous when people take it to the point of absurdity (as in removing your county seal).
- Blaspheming Siren (melikes!)

4:03 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Last year one of the Grand Daughters was spending the night during the week so we had to get her to school the next day. She figured out she had forgotten her belt so I told her I had one that I would loan her. On the buckle it says, "God, Guts And Guns Made America Free". She said she couldn't wear it because it mentioned God, she was afraid that would get her kicked out. So much for her freedom of speech.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

9:01 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

Amazing isn't it, David? The schools can overtly advertise God, but for the kids it's a punishable offense. Somehow that just doesn't seem right. I think schools should remain neutral and unbiased regarding their religious support, since they play host to the myriad of students and their respective religions.

But for a kid to be punished for wearing clothing on their own person in support (or even denial, if we're going to make the freedom of speech argument here) of their own God seems a bit perverse. Especially compared with the fact that it's apparently okay for those same kids to exercise their freedom of speech by wearing wristbands advertising their sexual prowess (see post on wrist bands).

8:43 AM  

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