Originally published on 60x365.com on November 14, 2007:
War Prayer III concludes my series on Mark Twain's War Prayer. Today we hear a collage identical in form to yesterday's piece. However, here the words and sounds have been twisted to reveal a dark truth lurking in the pastor's prayer. This is not a literal setting of Twain's words, only my own artistic reaction to them.
Now that the series is finished, I would to mention that Twain refused to publish this piece in his lifetime, saying, "I have told the whole truth in that, and only dead men can tell the truth in this world. It can be published after I am dead."
If you haven't taken time yet to read Twain's War Prayer, I recommend that you do. My uncle, who suggested this series, recommends the print version illustrated by John Groth. After a quick trip to the library, I wholeheartedly concur.