Dogs 2010

CAST DOWN
(5/21/10)


when God
flung Lucifer
from his home
in Heaven
to eternal exile
in Hell
the intervention
of a new Earth
was not taken
into account

like a
tangled parachutist
falling thousands
of feet
from the sky
his fall broken
by tree branches
and cushioned
by a bed
of pine needles
and soft soil
the Wily One
was saved
from the threatened
Lake of Fire
by prosaic
means

looking around
he saw endless
possibilities
wondering why
he had never
come down
on his own
before

while being
the Patriarch
of Paradise
was out
there was
no one about
to challenge
his authority
here

shaking
leaves and dirt
from his battered
wings
he began
his plans
for building
a new
Kingdom

eons later
half
the human race
mortally fears
a final damnation
to a place
in which
they already
reside