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Jihad

by Chris Sorrenti


I too wage holy war
against deception and lies
the seventy-two virgins
mere heads
of the Whore of Babylon


 photo WhoreofBabylon.jpg

© 2006
Painting courtesy of the Net

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08/19/2006

Posted on 08/19/2006
Copyright © 2023 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Maureen Glaude on 08/19/06 at 02:02 PM

Stunning work, Chris. Powerful indeed.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 08/19/06 at 05:28 PM

Don't we all in our own way? The photo makes the words more powerful.
~Chelle~

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 08/19/06 at 06:19 PM

Hi Chris. Few words, yet a huge portion of poetry on the plate here. Enhanced by the art. Thanks.

Posted by Mara Meade on 08/19/06 at 06:55 PM

Consider them NAILED. Whoo, this is succinct and pointed. Excellent.

Posted by Peter Humphreys on 08/19/06 at 09:29 PM

Excellent, Chris. I just wonder when we will all on this small planet progress from the Middle Ages in our hearts and minds and consider each other as brothers and sisters in peace.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/20/06 at 01:11 AM

Remarkable! SO fittingly illustrated! A touch of Revelation!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/20/06 at 02:29 AM

I once spoke with an Imam and he said that Jijad essentially means self control. Using that interpretation, your poem speaks to me of a daily fight with that inner whore I abhor.

Posted by Kyle Anne Kish on 08/20/06 at 03:55 AM

"I too wage holy war against deception and lies ..." Good, good and good! If only we could stop lying to ourselves, eh? Or do we simply misinterpret our own thoughts? The whole poem is disturbing ... as it should be, and I love the picture you put with it. You've got me thinking, Chris. That's not always a bad thing. :)

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/20/06 at 01:27 PM

Thuds my heart, this! —with its immense emotion and brilliant delivery.

§ namaste §

Posted by Katerina T Nix on 08/21/06 at 12:41 AM

I wage holy war teabags without strings and one ply toilet paper on a daily basis. Seriously, though, an amazing piece, Chris. How will we ever see truth when there is no one to believe?

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/21/06 at 03:40 AM

Let us never be complacent - the wars around us force us to look in our own mirror more closely. This is a fine piece - the picture gives this a classic feel. I have enjoyed reading the comments from others. A poem that creates discussion is a good poem.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 08/22/06 at 02:21 PM

such an evocative piece. in just a few words, you invoke the hatred felt by the enemy,and yet the enemy is within us!! well done! PK

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 08/22/06 at 04:27 PM

Well, we are our worst enemies and our enemies lies within in the form of our own selves.

Posted by Christel Crews on 08/23/06 at 03:05 AM

this is a very powerful piece - well written and incredible

Posted by Lauren Singer on 08/26/06 at 05:19 AM

wow chris. this is thought-provoking stuff right here. wonderful as always.

Posted by A. Paige White on 01/23/13 at 04:28 PM

Powerful and apt. Awesome, Chris! I love it.

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