Love is love is love is love

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
i pause and i
weep and cry and scream and pound the ground
at one more act
one more life stolen
parent,
friend,
sibling,
child

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
i find love
which trumps hate
which cannot be killed
which is victorious
and it conquers all
hate,
violence,
racism,
homophobia

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
nowhere do i see him
condemning before he helps
judging before he prays
using slurs before he helps like
faggot,
freak,
tranny,
dyke.

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
and i see him welcoming the victims home
with arms wide open,
heart broken
tears streaming down his face
as he cradles them in his arms
parent,
friend,
sibling,
child

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
as i open my arms to my friends
our safety stolen
our hearts broken
with nowhere to turn,
non-binary
pansexual
bisexual
and more

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
as i hold a candle without a flame
as the flags fly half staff
as the victims dance across my stream
as i think about those who were outed
by an act i cannot fathom
violence,
hatred,
anger,
fear

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus
perfect love casts out all fear
i hold out my hand to my community
my family united
as more and more victims are named
and i stare at my screen
crying
screaming
weeping
wailing

i read the bible
and i think about my jesus.

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