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The Instrument of Rage

La Belle Dame sans Merci (Frank Cadogan Cowper, 1926)
La Belle Dame sans Merci (Frank Cadogan Cowper, 1926)

o, ye gods!

make me

an instrument

of your


let mine be

the hand

you use

to strike

at the



o, lord and lady!

make me

a channel

of your


your righteous


let it blaze

hot and roaring,

searing the

very marrow

of those

who would


the good,


the innocent,

oppose those who

are weak,

are ill,

are poor

of health

or heart.


o, masters!

let me

take up

the cudgels,

sharpen yon


of indignation,

of fury,

of justice,

of death

that those who

dare to use

your names

in vain,

that those who

claim to

know you best –

but know you


may see the


of their


and burn

and weep

and gnash

their teeth

in the



till the end

of days.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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