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Vol. 4 No. 14 · 5 August 1982
Poem

Blood will have blood

Patricia Beer

123 words

Now the Conference stands up to sing
About the blood that dyed the scarlet banners,
Face after flushed face lauding a vampire king.

At church service this morning all the sinners
Were non-political. The leaders came
To Blackpool as sincere long-distance runners

Away, by miles and years, from the blood of the Lamb
That clotted in their youth: a tourists’ stain
On arras or flagged floor, touched up by time.

They would not go to church. And yet they join
In words as gory as a hymn, or God
The Son. I look for embarrassment, see none.

It’s getting dark. Today the martyr dead
Of church and politics have heard the glee
The blood in the veins sings with the blood outside.

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