Friday, August 29, 2014


the minister's sermon
on the parable of the Prodigal Son
was meant to create a force field
to hold back young parishoners
from a future of long haired rebellion
yea, the minister preached,
the brothers and sisters
standing in hallways
shouting at parents
(who shouted back)
telling them about
wanting so much
to be in control
control over
eating drinking smoking
believing in God
going to college
going to war
leaving hometown
for another country
if necessary
they are prodigal
they are wrong
and one day they will come home
beg for forgiveness
from God and man
get a haircut
wear sensible clothes
find a good job
I sat through the sermon
at the age of ten
wanting the church service
to end soon
so we could go to the drugstore
all through the closing hymn,
I thought of buying a small Coke
from the vending machine
near the candy counter

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