44 Magnum Gospel

44 Magnum Gospel

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto

44 Magnum Gospel

 

 

the pastor brags,

the hour drags

pews sweat with disinterest

God's not in the hearts

minds unraveling imagining the day's intent

 

the knife wielded instead of a rosary

unkind words passed out with the hosts

communion of insensitive souls

teeth rotting with insulting rants

signs of the cross administered backwards

 

the holy statues cry

unpack themselves from the altar and run

 

some parishioners pray amid the chaos

but soon find their tongues cut out

and replaced with rapid fire bullets

 

that become a mass shooting of reputation

the pastor drags

the congregation brags

 

we're all saved,

we're all saved,

it's a rave,

 

we're all saved,

sorry about you

 

you're uninvited

and your shoes are scuffed

with sin,

 

we know

we're the chosen

and we're all saved.

 

 

erin-cilberto

6/8/19

© 2019 jacob erin-cilberto


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Your biting sarcasm matches my own impressions of some ensconced in righteous religiosity. I love reading a stream of venomous ranting that's so softly & gently crafted, it isn't until we get to the end that we realize just how intense this tirade is! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 3 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Months Ago

thank you, Margie---
j.
Religion can be a messy business . . . especially when comes from the mind of man . . . he messes it up almost every time. My faith is in God . . . not in religion, for 'religion' has a nasty way of distorting Him.
T

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

oh exactly...."distorting"---
amen to that, Tom, and thanks for the visit.
j.
Oh, religion! How did it get like this? I cannot, from my own impossible condition, say that I fully understand the language. You know Jacob, like a person cant understand the workings of the Heimlich maneuver until the person across from you at The Burger King is choking on his BIG MAC and fries. Religion has been sharpened like this (intentionally I believe) to point at immediate need, or escape, or burden. My parents being Southern Baptist, all or most my unbridled youth was tempered by the doctrine wielded from the heavensent lash. It (religion) has morphed into euphemistic badger and unrelenting, moral theory. It has become the gospel of "44 magnum belief" or nothing else. Then Joyce Meyer comes on speaking of a life of enchanted prosperity. She owns 7 homes in 6 different countries and if I don't get to the water department by Wednesday morning, it's gonna be a problem. You cant say you love God when a child is being hoisted over an iron barrier on our southern border..(sic)

I get it brother. you cant talk about belief just by pointing to the lame. Sometimes the lame points back.....great poem..dana

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for sharing your insights concerning this poem...i hear ya...and appreciate your words, da.. read more
I believe you can be spiritual or even religious without actually attending a church, although I do. As a child of the 60's, I was put off by the Jesus freaks and holy rollers trying to say if you don't think like I do then you're not going to heaven. Only one entity is in control of that.
Religion has become a battleground of hatred and fear on all sides. All religions can stand up and take their place in the pantheon of miscreants.
I deal with my religion thinking I only answer to one, and that isn't a priest or preacher. I can make up my own mind.

A very powerful piece of writing, j.
A good write.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

yes, my stance matches yours, Ted...Religion isn't just in a building once a week...and my spiritual.. read more
Organised religion causes trouble in my opinion. I hate how people hide behind their religion. Most wars are fought over it and it divides instead of uniting people. When I attended church I saw much hypocrisy. That's why I stopped going. All should be welcome, not a chosen few. Embrace people, don:t turn them away.

Chris


Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

I agree with all you have said here, Chris...there is so much hypocrisy...I worked with a fellow at .. read more
Opulence and faith. They really shouldn't go together, but somehow they do.
Manfred Mann summed it up with his record. God on our side.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

Amen, Paul.
Thank you for your words,
j.
Your powerful words and acerbic observations struck a very loud chord in my upbringing and present beliefs, Jacob. Faith can be so deceptive in disguising the truth, in that religion and politics have much in common. Both seem to rely on bias, manipulation and rhetoric, unfortunately..... not reality.
N.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

yes, all of what you say is so true...the real meaning of christianity has been lost...politics with.. read more
The hypocrisy of organized religion is very upsetting...and all too obvious these days. Heresy salted with blasphemy come to mind! Great metaphors here. Lydi**

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

oh my yes...Lydi....it certainly is...thank you for understanding..
j.
how ironic that religion, meant to bring people together, is the thing that most divides people and inspires fanatical and radical behaviour that is so harmful.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

yes, what is done in the name of religion is blasphemous...thank you, Edie.
j.
Between the good words shared and the dirty deeds that are done, some things don't add up. Priests were once perfect human beings to me but reality tainted the water and evil intent spoiled the wine. Evil doings are becoming commonplace, both inside the church and out. One side talks about God, the other sends you directly to him.

Posted 4 Months Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

4 Months Ago

thank you for this insightful review, and especially what you said in your last line...that is the u.. read more

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Originally from Bronx, NY, I live in Carbondale, Illinois...teach English at two community colleges and have been writing and publishing poetry since 1970. Friending works two ways. If we have had .. more..

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