With God On Whose Side

damn the politicians
damn the red
damn the blue
when fifty-five have to die
to just make a move

can I say it
is it right
can I say it
damn the white

damn the politicians
damn the red white and blue
no one should have to die
for your office just to move


In a many dark hour
I’ve been thinkin’ about this
That Jesus Christ
Was betrayed by a kiss
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

— “With God On Our Side”, Bob Dylan, The Times they are A-changing, 1964

Robert Filos is an author of poetry and short stories that combine beauty and wit while highlighting social justice issues. Published worldwide his poetry received over 40,000 views in 2017. Born and raised in The Bronx, he now resides in the South Carolina Low-country with his wife and children. He can be reached at rfilos63@gmail.com. Read other articles by Robert.