prayer or staged devotion…

after so much
dialogue
about prayer
this
past week
i was wondering
what
aunt bea
thought
about
all this
public
combat
on
religious observances
so
i stopped by
on
my way home
from
work
she said
public prayer
lets folks
know
you
have something
in
common
with them
or
serves
as
a
how great i art
vulgar
marketing ploy
but
private prayer
lets you
have
an uninterrupted conversation
with
the divine
it makes
folks
feel
better
to
have expressed
what
is already known
one thing’s for sure
prayer
for
power
is not
the same
as
the
power
of
prayer

 

a question of burial rites…

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pastors
of
god’s new light
support
mr
trump
and
his
disciple senators
his disciples
are
capturing people
taking
them
to the church
of
blind obedience
and
massacring them
during
animated religious rituals
in
the senate
their dismembered bodies
can be found
along
the border
on
battlefields
on
city streets
or
in
veterans’ hospitals
though
some
concerned citizens
have become
alarmed
the blood
still flows unabated
so far
the only shields offered
have been words
like these
that have yet
to
stop one child
from
dying
with no parent
to
ease their passing

 

no questions please…

the tomb’s been sealed tight
politics over god’s son
money’s to be made
cadillacs to be paid for
so now preachers prefer cash
they prefer trump’s cash
over heavenly rewards
so when they’re preaching
they prefer you just listen
as if trapped in a sealed tomb

 

on the eve of a whitewashed impeachment trial..

we hold these lies
to be
self-evident
all men are created equal
such
hyperbole
is
difficult to say aloud
let alone
have
anyone
in their right mind
believe
endowed
by
their creator
with certain
unalienable rights
you might want
to
strike out
creator
and
substitute
bank account
among these
are
life
this is a contingency plan item
with
variable durations
based upon
social class
liberty
oppressive restrictions apply here
and
should not be taken
literally
and
the pursuit
of
happiness
once again
the text
must be edited
to read
socially defined delusions
further
deponent
sayeth not

 

no forwarding address…

want to contact god
but despite my best efforts
there’s no new address
the old church hangouts are now
sublet to vain charlatans