close-fitting legal briefs…

at the instant
of
death
are you provided
with
a quick review
of
your life
a visual
pretrial conference
before
entering
the angelic courtroom
so as
to
provide you
with
the appropriate
preparation
for
defending
actions
taken
or
not taken
during
what
you now
consider
an abbreviated
existence
and
as you
stand
before
heaven’s magistrate
will you be
wondering
if
you’re granted
the right
of appeal
if
some lesser angel
decides
not
in your favor
can you
appeal
to the supreme being
or
must you
request
purgatory
while
you prepare
your final defense
hell
maybe
it would have been
easier
to have done
it right
the
first tine

covering bases…

covering bases

death
stands
on street corners
sometimes
wearing
old rags
sometimes
in
well-appointed suits
but
the eyes
are always
the
same
eyes
that penetrate
into
the places
you
try
to hide
where
your soul
abides
with all
of
sin’s barnacles
attached
to
the facade
of
your existence
so
you
pray
for forgiveness
to
a god
you
doubt
is there
but
as you note
one
mustn’t
eliminate
options

lobbying for sainthood…

lobbying for sainthood

your words
of
caring
an unconditional commitment
to
god’s mission
sets you apart
from others
in this stain glass edifice
words
that echo
off the wings
of marble angels
words
absorbed
into
a plush red carpet
lined with
fine oak pews
oh
how well
you tithe
but
rarely
give
of yourself
or
beyond
an
appropriate
tax level
you’re not
the majority
for
the majority
goes to bed
hungry
and
cold
like
your soul

waiting for a personal appearance…

waiting for a personal appearance

you were certain god
would give a clear sign to me
showing he was there

showing he was there
you said all things come from god
you were certain god

you were certain god
but i thought war is satan
showing he was there

drafted but looking for a dishonorable discharge…

drafted but looking for a dishonorable discharge

’bout
as far back
as
i can get
squinting
my eyes
to make
funny patterns
of the church lights
not sure
why mom
dragged
me here
all the old ladies
that
never speak
during the week
are up front
where the preacher
can see them
they’re all saying
amen
to anything
and
everything
the preacher says
be kind to others
amen
give to the poor
amen
serve god throughout the week
amen
don’t gossip ’bout others
a
men
do god’s work
amen
amen
and
as the choir
begins
that lady
who was more
than
tipsy
at the county fair
starts shaking
her body
all over
and
jumping
up and down
like a circus clown
and
the old biddies
in big hats
continue
with
their amens
and
i
keeping
making angel patterns
with
the tears
in my eyes
knowing
the shows
gonna last
another
hour