The Ballad of the Tyrant
The tyranny of Boulderoak the knavery of Dor the flat out death at Zonderzee the corpses on the floor The scepter of the ruler…
A tree in the woods beyond earshot of any cried Oh Allah!
Two bits of star debris in space began to collide – Oh Allah!
A groom pushed back the veil of his bride – Oh Allah!
A murderer paused for a crucial second to decide – Oh Allah!
The pupil of her master saw her heart open wide – Oh Allah!
A flying horse took her for a transcontinental ride – Oh Allah!
A young doctor kneeled by his first dark bedside – Oh Allah!
A baby opened its eyes for the first time but was cross-eyed – Oh Allah!
The goose at the head of the formation began to glide – Oh Allah!
The Prophet Muhammad is our most perfect guide – Oh Allah!
Bonnie for a moment took a long look at Clyde – Oh Allah!
Sacco and Vanzetti didn’t quicken their stride – Oh Allah!
Orca the whale showed its enormous backside – Oh Allah!
The drowning sailor smiled and scrambled astride – Oh Allah!
Cells deep in the essence of matter began to divide – Oh Allah!
A world with its own slow solar system turns inside – Oh Allah!
A pirate ship with chests of rubies pulled alongside – Oh Allah!
Two mountaineers clung to the rocks of a mountainside – Oh Allah!
Ameen – this could go on – not only here but worldwide – Oh Allah!
But I’ll stop – awed now and gratefully wide-eyed – Oh Allah!
6/22/2002 (from The Flame of Transformation Turns to Light)
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