Psalm 2


Tell me why the nations scheme!

  Why do the citizens scam with pride?

kings grip their swords

  And committees rally

  verses the Lord

  and his anointed.

“Splinter their chains,” they say

  “And shatter their shackles.”


Laughter bellows from heaven’s throne

  The Lord sneering at ants on the floor

Red-faced, he chides them

  and they scurry away at his voice

“I’ve stationed my king

  On Zion, holy mountain of mine.”


I’ll pass on the Lord’s decree:

  He told me “You are my Son

  I’ve emerged your Father today.

I’ll make the nations your estate,

  earth’s boundaries yours, if you wish.

With an scepter of steel you’ll rule them

  Smashing them as pottery dishes.”


Mull it over, you kings

  and heed the warning

Serve the Lord with fear

  And tremble in rejoicing.

Kiss the Son, appease his anger

  Or be laid to ruin along your path.

  For his wrath’s smoldering, ready to spark.

  Lucky are all who harbor in him.

Author: Lancelot Schaubert

Lancelot Schaubert has sold his written work to markets like The New Haven Review, McSweeney’s, The Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest (magazine and books), Poker Pro, Encounter, The Misty Review, Carnival, Brink, and many other similar markets. He reinvented the photonovel through Cold Brewed and was commissioned by the Missouri Tourism Board to create a second photonovel — The Joplin Undercurrent — that both fictionalizes and enchants the history and culture of Joplin, Missouri. His work terraforms new worlds, tears the veil between the natural and supernatural, and jests with the paradoxes of classical metaphysics. When he’s not writing (or tinkering with cinema-ish narrative), he’s dabbling in dozens of different books, listening to people tell their life stories, camping, fishing, exploring unfamiliar territory (there’s a lot in New York), tinkering with new languages (Spanish, currently), exploring random disciplines like chemical engineering, as well as messing around with improv comedy (at UCB) and leisure de main and music. PLEASE SEND SOUP — he loves soup. Yes, even if it’s summer. Find him in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Tara, and their attack spaniel, Echo.

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