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

 

construction sets…

father
was never
very good
at
erector sets
his bridges
never stood up
that long
as
parts
rusted
and
wood planks
decayed
even when
there wasn’t
a termite
in sight
so
it’s for sure
that
reconstruction
of
this fragile
environment
of
earth’s
so
carefully built
by
mother nature
will
never be
the same
even with
father time’s
best
efforts

 

what’s in a name…

the brown bag prophet
leafing
through
a magazine
for
parents
said
minorities
are giving
their children
the first name
president
i was
somewhat
bemused
so
asked
why
he replied
that way
even if
they commit
serious crimes
they
won’t be punished
or
convicted

 

even with all the president’s men…

now
i’m more
than
certain
that
shivery slinkum
is
waiting outside
the president’s door
for
it’s my understanding
that
children
and
childish people
who misbehave
having
their sticky fingers
all over
the cookie jar
have something
to
fear from him
there are stories
of
slinkum
chopping children up
for
firewood
so
you can just imagine
what he’ll do
to
a childish adult
whose fingers
are
as sticky as hell
and
dirty
as well

 

trump and republican genealogy…

there’s no concern for
the lies that consume men
since it’s not their sons
fighting on the battlefields
their sons learn to tell more lies