Chechnya, in the meantime.


For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Out of respect for tradition you say,
hunting down this kind of person
making sure they don’t exist
in society

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Denying their existence
yet saying that even their parents
would send them
to a place of no return

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

You speak of ‘prophylactic sweep’
and go as far as real murders
electric shock torture and violent beatings
the image God held to ransom and extort their families

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Rounding up men on suspicion
humiliation
leaving others to return home barely alive
after confessing the names of others

For gays rounded up like animals
beaten, tortured, killed
in the concentration camp in Chechnya
we pray:
Lord, have mercy.

Lord,
have mercy:
on them,
on us.
Save your children, hear their cries.

Today,
I am gay.

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