by Ken Sehested
After fleeing Pharaoh’s slavery through
the Red Sea’s baptism, the people of the
Most High assembled in covenant assembly
at the mountain of promise for instruction
in freedom’s demands.
Abandon every god of metal:
whether nation or spear or bandolier,
each Tomahawk and Trident,
every nuclear racketeer.
Do not sanction your vengeance by
the Name of the Beloved.
Border the harvest of your production
with fallow sabbath rest.
Not all of life can be monetized.
Honor your father from whose seed you now flourish;
hallow your mother, whose womb issued breath.
Do no murder:
life is not yours to take.
Don’t stoop to infidelity:
no body is available for frivolous consumption.
or you destroy life’s fabric.
you’ll poison life’s well.
your own health is tied up with
that of your neighbor.
Let not threat of sword nor promise of reward
cause you to forget this holy accord.
For this, now, is your creed:
Once slaved, now freed.
As liberated from greed,
by righteousness proceed.