Poetry Corner : “The religious convention”

The religious convention

The identical airwaves
not even blushingly
majestically christianically present
36,000 starving Ethiopians
sickly beg
bibles hidden
struggling with the desire to brandish
the political arena presents
chinless wonders
cheered on by fat funeral supplier salesmen
with mistresses in mink
ex-wifes in trailer camps
all guzzling pilsner
dancing the wrong WASP beat
and bare breasted skeletons sway
emaciated and ready to collapse

with too many diet Cokes
the sun gleams off the bones
white as miracle toothpaste here in our own tropical destitution
the cat ravaged pigeon limps
in 30 below temperatures
the cancer nibbled janitor
tosses in his urine soaked bed
the woman twitches uncontrollably
people attempting not to gawk
while the Bible failed all of them
so export it
and you tell me it is time to be an optimist
at least the cockroaches agree
with a grin
you don’t even require a microscope
to view

Robert K. Stephen

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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