The Lord’s Work

And sayeth the Lord, pay this shadow
next to nothing
Beekeepers will ensure that they
come to work, flooding abodes
with honeybees to chase the reluctant
to bloodless office

And sayeth the Lord, make this
shadow work harder and harder.
Loyal oxen serving their master
underscores industry, which God much liketh,
and may well prove predestination

And on the Seventh night,
God cooled his weary feet
in a lake east of river Jordan.
From the star-swallowed lake,
emerged a 19th century railroad magnate,
who walked towards the horizon
then paused, smiled sheepishly
and turned to God, waving knowingly.
The Lord grinned back,
giving a thumbs-up

Peter F. Crowley is an independent writer and scholar with a M.S. in Conflict Resolution, Global Studies from Northeastern University. His writings can be found in Truthout, Mint Press News, Boston Literary Magazine, Ethnic Studies Review and several other publications Read other articles by Peter F..