It Seems They Can’t Help Themselves

It seems as if they can’t help themselves —
those who have been washed in the blood,
those who have been washed in the water,
those who have perfect attendance chains
down to their knees,
those who have made confession of faith,
those who have walked the sawdust trail,
those who have had holy hands laid on them,
those who gather regularly in bible study,
those who stopped thinking when they were
about ten,
those whose spirituality is in the bowels of
the church basement,
those who wax pious and then crucify
those who don’t fit in,
those who wouldn’t recognize Jesus if
he walked up to them and slapped them
upside the head.
Sometimes mother church is a bitch.
A priest said, “The church may be a whore,
but she’s still my mother.
The priest would have been better off an orphan.

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