shoving it up…

shoving it

now
if
the promised heaven
is
important to you
you
may want
to
follow
the prescription
of
gospel doctors
those
folks
occupying
pulpits
on
fridays
saturdays
or
sundays
and
increase
your
contributions
to
their
more than worthy cause
hell
you may even
elect to
help paint
the
preacher’s manse
but
i’ll assure
even before
the
paint
begins
to
dry
you’ll start
to
wonder
perhaps
because
of
the paint fumes
why you’re spending
so
much time
doing
what could be
contracted out
if
other
parishioners
would
or
could
feel
the spirit
of
god
in their souls
you know
the ones
who claim
to
be moved
to
be disciples
as
long as
it
doesn’t cost
them
any money
just
words
it’s at that point
you consider
putting
the paintbrush down
and
stuffing it up
someplace
else

 

 

addendum to a sermon…

honey
tell that preacher man
that
sinning
ain’t all that bad
i’ve tried it
and
child
it was so sweet
even
with hell
below
my feet
lord
that
first kiss
sent
me a reeling
and
by
the fourth
sunday’s sermon
was
as forgotten
as
where i put my car keys
when
i was asked
to
stay

 

sunday premiere…

copyright cwmartin 2012

aunt bea
wasn’t
a church going woman
she was
confident in her faith
she would say
i don’t need
some old pastor
to tell me
what
when
and how
to believe
it is
what it is
and
it ain’t gonna change
so
imagine
my surprise
when
she asked me
to drive
her to church
though
none of my business
i did ask
why
she said
there’s a new young preacher
and
all the old ladies
and
their unwed daughters
will be out in force
all carrying their bibles
like cinderella’s shoe
and
that’s a show
i don’t  want
to miss

campus ministry…

that old fool
kept right on preaching
that we were
all equal
before god
and lord knows
the man truly
believed it
so
he acted
like a free man
but
free men
get before god
much sooner
than
some

a baptismal prayer…

wading in the water
wading in the water children
wading in the water
God’s gonna trouble the water…
now lord
        i don’t mean no disrespect
but i’ve got troubles
                of my own
     so while these folks are singing
     i thought we might talk for a while
now as you know
            i can’t swim
and if this preacher loses his grip
     i’m surely heaven bound
     so i feel its important that we agree
that any mistakes now
         don’t count against me
i left that pew and came up front
      told folks things bout my sinning
      that they never knew
and i don’t believe i should pay
for some preacher who drank
           the left over wine
      had we done this before church i’d be fine
      but lord that man can’t be stable now
so if it’s okay with you
we’ll call this deal done
     and whatever happens next
                  ain’t no fault of mine