Prayer by Ken Greenley


A prayer to stop world cops
and douse the dreams of oil- crazed old men
A prayer against Empire;
for all imperial designs to fail
A prayer for a return to balance of power
and the establishment of equal exchange.

A prayer for an end to world corporate takeover
A prayer that the whole planet
doesn’t go into full robber baron mode
A prayer to stop more bank blackmail bailouts
and countries held hostage by the IMF
A prayer for an end to the World Bank as King.

A prayer for an end to greed dressed as virtue
For an end to misers disguised as heroes,
a finish to those who would take it all.

A prayer for a return to real political dialogue
For an end to empty campaign rhetoric
and pep rally conventions
and fake populists
who report to corporate masters.

A prayer for an end to people going broke
because they got sick
A prayer for an end to huge medical bills
A prayer for an end to all medical bills,
A prayer for an end to health care for profit

A prayer for an end to drone aircraft attacks
extra-judicial killings
and torture
A prayer for re-observance of the Geneva conventions
and for the UN to act as protector
of all nations
not just the rich Western ones

A prayer for the defeat of phony peacekeeping forces
And an end to invasion
and infrastructure destruction
Disguised as the spread of democracy

A prayer for an end to world cops and security freaks
We can look after ourselves just fine, thank you
A prayer for the plans of all Empire builders
to go terribly wrong everywhere
to run awry and unravel completely Worldwide
A prayer that the whole
Bossy grabby
Bloody deathy
Meat grinding machine
Chokes on a bolt
and blows a gasket

A prayer for everybody to just
leave each other the fuck alone for once
A prayer for peace and quiet,
even if it’s just for fifteen minutes….

Ken Greenley February 4, 1958 – February 12, 2020 was a writer who lived in Denver, Colorado. The number of places he’s lived is only exceeded by the number of job’s he’s had. Greenley liked to explore the themes of class division (in a supposedly classless country), the struggle to stay spiritual in the modern world, and the growth episodes that occur in childhood. He thought art, particularly writing, should combat media brainwashing, and should examine the clash between what we’re told and what really happens. He tried to make his material as funny as possible, because he found it hard to make modern life seriously, and considered it his mission “to make people laugh and think at the same time.”

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