September Poem 63: Today in Religious News: Pantoum

Elisha expressed his deepest remorse.

Multiple nations held under one head

Eaten by bears too harsh a punishment.

Household on one welfare account.

 

Multiple nations held under one head

Jesus in for questioning on

Household on one welfare account.

Reports that Lazarus faked his own death.

 

Jesus in for questioning on

God to be held up as a deadbeat dad.

Reports that Lazarus faked his own death.

Mary claims she never received a dime.

 

God to be held up as a deadbeat dad.

One family nets world’s largest welfare check:

Mary claims she never received a dime.

Government to revoke tax-free status

 

One family nets world’s largest welfare check:

Of each Christian, Muslim, and Jewish church.

Government to revoke tax-free status

In that historians have shown that God

 

Of each Christian, Muslim, and Jewish church

And Abraham conspired to defraud.

In that historians have shown that God,

He had children both by wife and handmaid.

 

And Abraham conspired to defraud.

Eaten by bears too harsh a punishment.

He had children both by wife and handmaid.

Elisha expressed his deepest remorse.

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September Poem 36: Little Rituals

Sunlight in the kitchen reflected on

A cup of coffee. An aqueous glint

Of white on black. The yen and yang of a

Life defined by the punctuation of

A morning cup. Blinding. Reflecting the

Morning and the green on the trees beyond

The window. In glimpses. Flashes of the

Future in the freshly perked smell of the

Reddening berries and the sweat of the

Pickers in the field. Flashes of the past

In the mountainous soil and higher

Elevations. The circle of life, death,

And rebirth in the invigorating

Jolt of a morning’s little ritual.

Glorious

September Poem 35: Expulsion from the Garden

Religious platitudes. The red ribbons

Of strange waxy weeds in the ever more

Inviting sea of silken fabric that

Wraps the ocean floor more frequent than the

Cristian fortune cookies deposited

There. He would be too cold girding with faith

And the bumps with the father less and

Less frequent like the weird currents of warm

And cold that come with blind reaching for the

Top button on a woman’s blouse before

The series of unbuttoning far too

Expert for the woman’s comfort. The wet

Cold of the ocean far too close to the

Sensation of warmth. To close to family.

Glorious

September Poem 32: Conversion Story Do Over

Knuckles’ belt down camera invited to

Have a God said one word and blinked into

Existence. In response to the two young

Men in white shirts carrying scriptures and

Their message of good will, he said, I am

The one and only meeting with our boss.

Put down and faced ready with watch pocket

Shoulders. He crouched like an interior

Lineman. His frequent trips to the Chinese

Restaurant, anything but collecting

Dust on his impressive frame. Grunting, he

Bowled those confused young men out the doorway

And chased them to the street. He yelled to them

Fumbling with their bikes, My will is law.

Recreate

September Poem 28: Christian Charity

Be it in exchange for an item when

The price doesn’t just round up to the next

Dollar, or just a handful from your front

Pocket for a beggar wearing a foul

Weather jacket on a hot summer day

Who is trying to make change for his next

Cheap pack of cigarettes or a baggie

Of crack rocks. Every human has the strength

To make change in the universe somehow.

But us kids were smarter then to show off

The new, cozy, air-conditioned hall of

The Church of Lefty. Who could handle the

Wafting odor of an unwashed crackhead

In the house of the lord? We sure couldn’t.

September Poem 26: The Garbage Heap Messiah

But now you mentioned it, employ a

Flyrod and popping tire salvaged from

A truck or tractor. Either that or an

Inner tube will work. Give it simple set

Up instructions once you’re there standing or

Get a boat. There was also an ultra-

Light coffee can bug spinnerbait. We have

Already begun collecting the crap.

But such rigs of top flaps of rubber made

From a worn fish from the bank. Pure magic.

You high castle trans-galaxy Mozart.

Truly simple. I’m not sure that I know

What the God of the Old Testament and

I will reign down, no. But it should be good.

August Poem 36: Ragnarok

Catastrophes. Revealing stripes of the

Manufactured Gods. Hidden like slender

Cigarettes held to their lips. The old Gods

Growing in a field as leaves. Let their smoke

Linger in their veins. Wrapping. Smothering.

And hiding between religions. Hiding.

The snakes and spiders and rats and rocks and

Pits. They balance the feeble human mind.

But it doesn’t make sense to remember

Where Gods have not been poisoned. Where you saw

Them last. Stalking you. But you don’t want to

Chance their bite. The Gods had been exceptions.

Wrong. Tied. But that didn’t stop them. Or you’d

See them now in the grass. Decomposing.

August Poem 10: Rise and Fade

They of the long death.

Those bringing the death carpet.

The sulfur people.

 

They are the strange ones.

Ash and bone and polished shards

Woven in fabric.

 

They wear their beliefs

Like the gathers of their lands

Taken from the earth.

 

Chanting they swing. Their

Noxious censors billowing.

Staining the skies black.

 

Stagnant as Latin,

Sattva Casetti was dead.

Eighty-four and smoke.

 

The chugging machine

Of subtextually.

Her birthday or near.

 

We experienced

Fulfilling of prophecy

Ending the Red Death.

 

Covering bodies

In ash and fragrant spices

That burn and consume.

 

Smokes that rise and fade

Lifting the spirit, the dead

Giving safe passage.

August Poem 1: Today in Religious News

Elisha expressed his deepest remorse.

Eaten by bears too harsh a punishment.

Jesus in for questioning on

Reports that Lazarus faked his own death.

God to be held up as a deadbeat dad.

Mary claims she never received a dime.

One family nets world’s largest welfare check:

Government to revoke tax-free status

Of each Christian, Muslim, and Jewish church

In that historians have shown that God

And Abraham conspired to defraud.

He had children both by wife and handmaid.

Multiple nations under one head of

Household. On one welfare account.