Monday, November 2, 2015

Donal Mahoney- A Poem

Ecumenical Fellow Arrested and Charged

The police have announced
the arrest of an ecumenical fellow
who in less than two weeks

in the middle of the night set fire 
to seven churches in St. Louis.
Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran,

Pentecostal—if they hadn’t 
caught the man, he might still
be incensing the skies.  

An accelerant-sniffing dog
and a video camera led to his arrest.
Charges were quickly filed.

The first six churches are black
congregations. The seventh
is largely white but some thought

it was burned to distract the cops 
because of the location of the churches. 
Some media suggested a racial component.

The cops said that although no motive 
has been established, no hate crime 
in this strange case has occurred.

The culprit is black but apparently hate's
not required to burn Christian churches 
if no synagogue or mosque is involved.

Donal Mahoney

Donal Mahoney lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where this story has been big news for the last two weeks.

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