When God Goes Missing

Amy Feris monmoutharts.org

Amy Feris monmoutharts.org

If it’s serenity
you’re searching for
you’d better look for a bar
   Here’s more soul searching
   at 11 o’clock in the morning
   than you’ll find in a church
Religion today is reality TV
A super-bowl of soul
on a big screen

The band plays
as the happy-clappy
crowd dances to the beat
   The clergy on the side-lines
   covers his face like a coach
   so the devil won’t see a call
Up in the booth the vestry
cooks up a strategy
for a hail Mary

The day’s epistle
‘Fight the good fight!’
is read by a cheerleader
   She’s got pom-pom earrings
   a tattooed cross on her thigh
   and a silver ring in her nose
The future of the church
is in her young people
as they like to say

Heaven’s angels must
just shake their heads

“Let’s step inside a church, sit through a wedding, a christening,
a mass for the dead, but leave before the last amen . . .” ~ Laure-Anne Bosselaar


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to When God Goes Missing

  1. I’m so old fashioned, I still yearn for return of the latin mass


  2. kiwiskan says:

    although I have to say that Church yesterday was thought-provoking and uplifting…


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