canonization…

canonization

a person
has
deified
a person
not
god
but
a person
applying
human rules
to
divine concealed criteria
did
anyone
see
a chariot of fire
appear
and
drop off
the appropriate
documents
if so
were
they
notarized

canonization…

canonization

i was just about
to text a friend
during lunch
when
the brown bag prophet
strolled up beside me
holding a newspaper
he said
you’re an educated man
perhaps you could
help me understand
why folks are
amazed
and
praising
some guy
who didn’t use
his cellphone
or computer
for a year
is
the world
so hungry
for trivial news
that it is willing
to elevate
just about
anybody
for
anything
to the level
of social sainthood
if so
i believe
we’ll need
to formulate
a new category
for folks
like
mother teresa

an unusual career path…

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he’s a madman
don’t want
no canonization
just wants
his cheap wine
and a pack
of lucky strikes
all this talk
of salvation
has made him
make a proclamation
heaven is full
of useless saints
quite willing
to welcome you in
but
while earthly bound
you’re on your own
so he’d rather have
cheap wine
and a pack
of lucky strikes
don’t need no
door-to-door prophets
nor cartoons
depicting heaven
that no one’s seen
but he’s seen the news
while in the liquor store
’bout the state of the world
and
all the dire predictions
’bout most of mankind
and he’s seen
politicians come and go
making the same damn promises
everytime
sold
bought
and never delivered
to hapless voters
so he chooses
to be a madman
don’t need no canonization
just cheap wine
and a pack
of lucky strikes