The Enemy - poem by Maryanne Hannan
for he it is that shall tread down our enemies
On Your behalf, Lord,
we shall identify the enemy.
Sometimes we’ll use external
signs, the color of skin,
annual income, place of residence.
Other times we’ll probe
interior abominations – maybe
different beliefs, style of prayer
or a worrisome lack of church.
We can also come to understand
who is our enemy by the judgments
You send: famine, pestilence,
plagues of locust,
the winning touchdown.
And when we have found our enemy,
help us in our treading. Don’t tell us
again to love our neighbor as ourselves.