To Torch And Burn

Masquerading in a church full of dreams,

all parishioners in their pews

 

The preacher straightens his mask and starts,

a sermon old renewed

 

Hellfire and brimstone come roaring out,

 words to torch and burn

 

His face staying hidden as the nightmare unfolds

—the congregation’s dreams left spurned

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2020)

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