Books and books written
entire forests razed

some wizened scientists say no
some fellowed professors say yes

let’s vote and be done with it
after all we are a democracy

Gore v. Bush not withstanding
Citizens United shoved aside

is there a god who listens to our prayers
makes sure we land the job

at Salesforce, sees our daughters
go to Stanford and our soufflés rise every time

or should we repurpose churches
into housing for the homeless

now living under bridges or huddled
in cardboard boxes marked “This End Up”

should we turn temple parking lots
into outdoor schools for our children

let’s vote, despite the risk
of mail in ballots

and Russian interference
despite the risk that a defeated god

may hit the streets with the Seraphim
armed with swords and spears

Claire Scott is an award-winning poet who has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. She is published in Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, among others. Claire is the author of Waiting to be Called and Until I Couldn’t. She is co-author of Unfolding in Light: A Sisters’ Journey in Photography and Poetry.