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03 June 2009 @ 04:10 pm
poem  
When a woman faced stoning
for the sin of sex
Jesus stepped up and spoke
and stopped the sentence.
he placed his body
between the vulnerable and the vicious.
two thousand years later
new crowds gather
and write letters
and wave signs
and denounce
and threaten
and stalk, shoot, bomb, poison
to wound women
for the sin of sex.
in Jesus's absence
Dr. Tiller placed his body
between the vulnerable and the vicious.
Between his patients seeking help
and the dark crowds outside
the stalkers and the shooters
the sign-wavers and the letter-writers.
Jesus saved one woman from the mob.
Dr. Tiller saved thousands.
Dr. Tiller was killed
while worshipping Jesus
in the name of Jesus.
Had he not followed Jesus
he would not have been killed.
In this sad strange world
where they kill even gods
for the capital crime
of working for women,
they have made another martyr
who will not be forgotten.

x-posted to my journal and abortioninfo
 
 
 
kcobwebkcobweb on June 4th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
I really like this. Thanks so much for sharing. (I'm linking to this from my LJ because I have friends who will want to see this.)
electric misfit love machineeyelid on June 4th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)
cool :) thanks.
amandajewelboxer on June 4th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
i can't think of much to say besides 'thank you'. thank you for putting into words (so poignantly and so simply) what so many of us feel right now. thank you for giving so much unspoken chaos a clear voice.

may i link this from my facebook?
semi-titledpocochina on June 4th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
I've cried every night this week. Thanks for sharing this.
Virginia Fell: so relevantvirginia_fell on June 4th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
*applauds*
Pineappleannajustine on June 4th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this.
sew_me_shut_666sew_me_shut_666 on June 15th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Beautiful. Tiller will be remembered for his bravery and his compassion towards women with doomed pregnancies. He will be missed.