December 6, 2018 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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James Kowalczyk




Twisted Invocations of the Republic





Our AR-15s

thou art

America’s prized possessions

hallowed be thy name

thy damage is welcome

thy will be done

in crowds

as it is on

the battlefield


give us this day

our daily dead

and forgive us our trespasses

as we do not forgive

those who trespass against us


lead us into temptation

and deliver  us to evil

for thine is the kingdom

the power

and the glory

forever and ever







Hail to my Glock

full of ammo

the power

is with thee

blessed art thou

among weapons

and blessed is the fruit

of thy chamber



Holy munitions, Mother of war


for more victims

and at the hour

of our end








James Kowalczyk

James Kowalczyk was born and raised in Brooklyn but now lives in Northern California with his wife, two daughters and four cats. He teaches English at both the high school and college levels. His work has appeared online and in print.

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