Articles of Faith
Lennart Lundh [photo by Lin Lundh]
Two church-school girls on the stoop,
laughing about the boys,
trading confidences: Then bleeding
in the crossfire of rival gangs.
On the waters of an alien coast,
taken by pirates: Then torn
in the crossfire of rival bands.
In the suburbs of an uncivil
war we call the fighting,
a family at prayers: Then silenced
in the crossfire of rival armies.
Perhaps, then, it is true:
The Devil rules the world,
and no good things go,
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“Articles of Faith” originally appeared in The Binnacle in 2013
Lennart Lundh is a poet, short-fiction writer, historian, and photographer. His work has appeared internationally since 1965. Len and his wife, Lin, live in northern Illinois.