What if instead of suicide bombings, summary executions, torture, beheadings, and
kidnappings, the renegades of retrograde issued a fatwa creating a caliphate of
love, a jihad of joy, an empire of empathy, a realm of reason, where at mealtimes
family could calmly consider the goings-on of the day and pray for tomorrow to
bring happiness to the planet without worrying about being offed for flying a kite or
playing music repugnant to the ears of the morality police whose credo is my way
or the highway, a one-thought road to nowhere but the narrowest of opinions and
viewpoints with no shoulders to move off to in the event one’s intellect breaks
down from the repetitive stress of memorizing and mindlessly chanting slogans
broadcast 24/7 on cable TV as if this was news when the real story is a four letter
word that rhymes with dove.
Author: Martin Levinson
Martin Levinson is a member of the Authors Guild, National Book Critics Circle, and the book review editor for ETC: A Review of General Semantics. He has published eight books and numerous articles, and his poems have appeared in several literary magazines. He lives in Forest Hills, New York. His website is www.martinlevinson.com.