We claim to be a nation conceived by God,
Blessed by virtue of Holy support,
But it seems we’ve been abandon, left under the charge of Mammon.
I offer such observations as these for proof:
An opioid epidemic enabled by
Doctors wooed by corporations,
Lawmakers wooed by the cherished dollar.
Millions of Americans in a prison of addiction while
Mammon pulls levers, then turns nobs
in order to maximize His earnings.
A gun lobby that encourages violence.
Causes us to turn inward upon ourselves,
Killing our own, racking up a body count
That even combined wars can’t touch;
Mammon gleefully collects His gold
From dutiful firearm makers and sellers.
A culture “war on Christmas”
In effort to keep pure a singular Holy Day
Layered upon Holy Days,
Yet we fight, grab, push, some even die,
In order to get those shiny Black Friday deals;
Mammon has never been so well fed.
Men of God preach from t.v. thrones
or stages of megachurches.
Their message feels contorted to
Some modern ideology where helping yourself
means blindly supporting them,
Instead of the homeless, instead of the abused,
instead of the sick.
Mammon laughs and laughs at this clever ruse,
and counts His gold at night with gluttonous hands.
Just a few examples of a misaligned religion,
Where we claim to be capitalists during the week
While displaying contrite gratefulness on Sundays
To a god that blesses and gives.
A god who’s name is Mammon, not Yahweh
A god who has become fat upon greed and hypocrisy
A god who presides by permission
thanks to human adoration of the holy free market,
where decency, sympathy, and cooperation are damned.
Praise be to Mammon, god of the United States of America.