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The Spike [: or, Victoria University College Review 1957]

Conrad Bollinger — Judgement

page 69

Conrad Bollinger


To God upon his throne there gathered from
The scattered nations of the earthly shade
The newly dead"—and in the great parade
Two children murdered by a napalm bomb.
A mist of tears choked God's old heart, and shame
That his all-powerful hands had framed at once
Those lovely children and these murdering guns,
Life-giving flames of sunlight"—and these flames.

No waxen virgin, wooden crucifix,
Pray to him to forgive. His seeing floats
Upon a living contractor who licks
His finger, counts his thousand-dollar notes.
Anon, says God. For this abyss of crime
There waits the silence of the after-time.