The Lost Country

Fall 2015 • Vol. 4, No. 1

issn 2326-5310 (online)

How Must All God’s Creatures Align in Lieu of God?

By Lee Turner

This work was published in the Fall 2015 issue of The Lost Country. You may purchase a copy of this issue from us or, if you prefer, from Amazon.

this Sunday past there were wasps en masse
congregating on the side of my trash can
over a dozen huddled together abuzz
a sacred gospel sung under water pressure meters
offertory chants reverberant within every nest
this quiet shade bequeaths their holy place
where they take the Sabbath daily, languidly
I label myself a pacifist and socialist—someone
without the stomach for war nor its conquistadors
but that trash and can are under my sovereign law
so if I must murder my beliefs, so be it—no threat
of treason will stop my call to pest control