Poemdog

Dogs 2018

BEAMS OF LIGHT
(9/27/18)

fire

brimstone

seem extinguished
in contemporary
Christian culture

the punishment
phase
of the program
has been greatly
diminished

focus
has shifted away
from discipline

obedience

the wrath
of God

even
the names
of churches
have been updated
in order
to appeal
to a more upbeat
modern
audience

to foster
a more positive
atmosphere

to fill
the pews
with joyous
singers

rapturous
faces

better
to promote
the religion
with a feel-good
billboard

to present
a better
TV perception

but much
as water-downed
AA principals
fail to save
drunks

sinners
are more
at risk

all the
while
clapping

and
smiling

smiling

smiling
their way
to Hell