behavioral modification…

the names
of
their true
gods
adorn
their bumper stickers
embossed
with
their
mindless mantras
those
carefully contrived
scriptures
from
an ad agency
after being
thoroughly
researched
by
behavioral scientists
and
predicted
to be
on par
with
the gospel
convincing
even
saints
to vote
for
the devil

 

the modern peter syndrome…

faithful church goers
talking ’bout others sins
but turn a blind eye
to all the president’s sins
thus denying their true god

 

according to tradition…

another
holy day
the word
will be spoken
prayers
will be said
then
the killing
will
continue
the poor
will
still starve
the dishonest
will
be
deified
false prophets
will pursue
political 
power

 

bare feet on hot sand…

his  operational manual
for dealing with life
consisted of
recycled
sunday school stories
a series of rules
originally designed
to increase the profitability
of a subset
of religious clergy
something
which he
only discovered
by accident
so
for the longest time
he strictly followed
their teachings
but then
he found out
there were
other books
written by
other saints
claiming
the same
purity of thought
this was confusing
but
he accepted it
as a form
of heresy
until
he was ordered
to kill
kill the non-believers
which seemed strange
for a god
of mercy
so he
questioned it
and
was called
a heretic
imprisoned
and
stoned
which leaves
the story
with absolutely
no moral
at all