modern potentates

in their ignorance
modern potentates
bask in their wealth
as they exploit the plight of
the poor
the needy and…

within their ignorance
modern potentates
see themselves
as superior to all others
for they are the blessed
within the gospel of prosperity…

within their ignorance
modern potentates
demonstrate their non-belief
by ignoring scripture
that states…
“it is easier for…”
“blessed are…”

if they truly believed
they would
like scrooge…

“god, bless us, everyone”

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.