The Quaker ship captain in ROOTS*
Made drunk, sought stolen girl fruits…
Knew that smell:
A ship from hell
Where he and his new crew were brutes.
Watching classic TV,
The same thing occurred to me…
How we’ve applauded
Loose morals lauded,
Ignoring the S.T.D.**
Holiness–what is that–
God’s people have fallen flat…
Prepares the Vulture
Swooping down on souls like on rats!
Repent of our soiled minds,
Holy Spirit…roll up the blinds…
Let us see
What keeps us from Thee,
Forgive us our weakness inclined.
* ROOTS.—THE SAGA OF AN AMERICAN FAMILY…1976 novel by Alex Haley…made into a miniseries for ABC-TV in 1977…describing one black family’s epic journey from Africa, brought to America as slaves, through to the present
** S.T.D….abbreviation for Sexually Transmitted Disease…a common and sometimes undiagnosed early enough result of sex between unknown and/or multiple partners.