A Government House Divided

A House divided
Is what America is
Government ruling
By partisan politics
“House divided cannot stand.”

About this poem

We read in the New Testament Gospel of Mark 3:25 the following: “And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Similarly, United States President Abraham Lincoln’s June 16, 1858 “House Divided Speech” before the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, is equally a powerful confessional warning to America today, in the twenty first century, bleeding from moral and ethical corruption so pervasive that it inhabits every corner of the land, and even spreads its cancerous venom overseas in every crevice, and in every empty spaces. Our land, our people, and the entire world need healing. As it says in Isaiah 53:6: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. 

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Written on August 22, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on August 22, 2022

Modified on March 29, 2023

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • dougb.19255
    Heard a preacher say once that the world is peripheral to the Church, and not the way around, Things that happen in and to the Church have tremendous impact upon our tomorrows. Good image.
    Let us not be too much into the rantings of the Right as against godless socialist Left. That haunted White House result coming to mind. 
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • VandhukK33
    Good feeling.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • teril
    Well. Sadly, nothing to add.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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