Rex Making Himself Lex

You can see how Rex [1] makes himself
Lex [2] as he perfects golden-mouthed orations
with proclamations backed up by a rod,
standing in the tradition of Herod
with the masses shouting out:
“This is the voice of a God”.

And the narrations inspire the populace
into new heights of ease
and you can see they’ll cower at a sneeze .
They can’t take his worthless name in vain.
and they hope to never cross him
as they have everything to lose
and nothing to gain.

Even if Rex had good intentions
he’s still concentrating control
and playing the absolute power game
which Lord Acton called out
and without a doubt many will drink
Rex’s wine and think that everything’s
just fine.

The tired, hungry, and poor,
they’ll bow their knees and lay everything
at his feet and moment by moment give him
his mighty seat–of course, for their own good
in an up-side down world
putting Rex before Lex [3].

And in their behavior the people admit an early defeat
and make the golden-mouthed orator their life narrator
and wallow and rejoice in their new-guard chains.
They’ll throw out checks and balances
and make Rex’s whims their support and strength,
the notches of decoration on their life’s valances.

They’ll slowly come to know the bad dreams of the haze
the pains of a life reduced to wallowing in servitude
induced by Rex’s wine
produced by being compressed and crushed
and beaten under a tyrant’s coddled feet.
But it isn’t at all what it seems
like Herod—those ugly feet
are soon to be eaten by worms.


[1] Rex means ‘monarch’ in Latin

[2] Lex means ‘law’ in Latin

[3] This dichotomy between Rex and Lex is based on the Scottish Presbyterian pastor Samuel Rutherford’s seminal work from 1644, Lex, Rex.

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