And Moloch Spake Unto Satan

Beyond titanic zones and the harrowing guns
Of Pandemonium, Moloch sheathed his bloody

Blade and on bended knee addressed dread
Satan: “Immortal Serpent, Hadean Master,

King of the Fiendish Seraphim, the humans are dying,
And this spurs me on towards wicked deeds; but

What is the meaning of these strange new words?
What is an anti-vaxxer? What is a conspiracy theorist?

And what does it mean, to spread misinformation?”
Rising from his throne of burning stone and Plutonian

Night, the archfiend answered: “Science is anti-
Science, anti-science is science, the vaccine-hesitant

Hold informed consent to be inviolable, misinformation
Is truth, conspiracy theorists exude sentience,

Extremists embody reason, those who rail against
Flat-earthers are flat-earthers, anti-vaxxers are

Anti-mandate, the experts are quacks, while a
Covid denier is an incorrigible angel that sees –

And in seeing speaks with unadorned grace
And hallowed light.” Donning his gruesome helm

Of swarming bees and bone primeval, the lord of
Child sacrifice spake: “Father, these words fill my

Accursed soul with such delight – unborn the black
Sun – let’s cut and hew until the battle’s won.”

David Penner has taught English and ESL within the City University of New York and at Fordham. His articles on politics and health care have appeared in CounterPunch, Dissident Voice, Dr. Linda and KevinMD; while his poetry has been published with Dissident Voice. Also a photographer, he is the author of three books: Faces of Manhattan Island, Faces of The New Economy, and Manhattan Pairs. He can be reached at: 321davidadam@gmail. Read other articles by David.