Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "No Authority at All"

This poem is from the February 4, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Monkshood - Beware for a Deadly Foe Is Near" square in my 2-1-20 card for the Valentines Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] zianuray. It belongs to the Monster House series.


"No Authority at All"


The doorbell rings,
and I have my hands full
of soapy dishes in the sink,
so I don't get to it in time.

My gay nephew, who hasn't
learned to check first, opens
the door for the evangelists.

His boyfriend drops the book
and sidles up behind him.

They almost make a wall.

The evangelists begin
their bluster anyway.

"Go away," I say,
wiping soapsuds off
my hands. "We don't
want your hate here."

"If the Church has
not the authority to tell
its members that they
may not engage in
homosexual practices,
then it has no authority at all,"
one of the evangelists drones.

"And if we accept the argument of
the hypocrites of homosexuality
that their sin is not a sin, we
have destroyed ourselves,"
the other one finishes.

"Your offer is acceptable."
The bogeyman shows them
his razor teeth, tucks a sprig
of monkshood in their pockets,
and then shuts the door
in their stunned faces.

"You just ... that was rude,"
my nephew says faintly.

"That was necessary,"
the bogeyman says,
"unless you wanted me
to eat them? They were
both very bad boys."

The boyfriend cracks up.

I don't think he realizes
that the bogeyman
was quite serious.

"This is a peephole,
and this is a curtain,"
I say. "Use one or both
before opening the door.
Sometimes we get nuts
in this neighborhood."

"When the devil is nicer
than the church folks,
then we've got a problem,"
my nephew says, frowning.

"He's not a devil --" I begin.

The boyfriend just laughs.
"Nah, it's okay," he says.
"I like it just fine here."

* * *

Notes:

"If the Church has no the authority to tell its members that they may not engage in homosexual practices, then it has no authority at all. And if we accept the argument of the hypocrites of homosexuality that their sin is not a sin, we have destroyed ourselves."
-- Orson Scott Card
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