Sirens in the Chapel

Sirens in the Chapel

A Poem by jacob erin-cilberto


Sirens in the Chapel

 

 

spit shine

spitting image

polished idol

 

God is money

well spent

as the rich man perceives

 

but the poor man walks barefoot into the church service

to annoyed stares

that whisper

 

What's he doing here?

While down the block

a van parked by a condemned factory

 

holds mass for those too cold to move

brittle, unwashed feet

the soles on the bottom of their shoes

 

sworn to the prophets

one missal shared

by a flock

 

the shepherds in black and whites

disbanding the crowd

and like blind sheep

 

they scatter

as the rich ranch dogs

bark in condescending cadence

 

and pews that don't exist for them

empty out like

patrons at last call.

 

 

erin-cilberto

4/15/2021

© 2021 jacob erin-cilberto


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There is such hypocrisy within religion and all sectors. All should be welcome into the fold of God’s church without being condemned for lack of financial stability.

I am a firm believer in God and Jesus. I will say I am a spiritual person not a religious one.

This brings up and issue that has resided for years within churches. Humans that we are can be so critical of others. You have penned this thought clearly bringing attention to a problem that is never ending

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

I, too, PB...spiritual in every sense...but religious? Organized religion? No thanks...raised Cathol.. read more
Right now it truly feels the rich shall inherit the earth. Yet they'd have no idea what to do with it. This poem captures them caught in their own web.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you for your words, dear poet.
j.
God is money
well spent
as the rich man perceives

but the poor man walks barefoot into the church service
to annoyed stares
that whisper

I REALLY love this part, wonderful wording here, This is awesome

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you for your kind words, Unspoken,
j.
There are some good churches ... but too many "religions". The message is being lost amid all the differences ... real or imagined ... even to the point of fighting wars. I believe it is the right Twix - left Twix syndrome ... the only explanation that makes sense.
I always admired the Salvation Army going into bars and saloons to solicit donations to fight alcoholism.

good one j.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

thank you, Ted...yes, right Twix, left Twix, good description...they battle each other so much, when.. read more
A church that doesn't welcome everyone is not following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. He had time for all, beggars, thieves and prostitutes. The van down by the condemned factory has far more appeal to me these days. Inclusivity is key. Great poem Jacob.

Chris

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

When I think of the wealth that the church has over here and yet there are thousands homeless. It do.. read more
jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Oh you don't have to convince me, Chris...it is here as well.
I just have so much trouble wit.. read more
Christine Anne Shaw

3 Weeks Ago

Me too. It stinks.
Honest and true words written Jacob. We can be blinded to the suffering around us. Once I thought I had a bad life. I went to Africa and Bosnian on food, water and medicine. I learn my life wasn't so hard. Thank you for sharing the amazing word and your thoughts.
Coyote

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


jacob erin-cilberto

3 Weeks Ago

Yes, there are always others who have it much worse than we. Thank you, Coyote,
j.
Coyote Poetry

3 Weeks Ago

You are right Jacob and you are welcome.

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jacob erin-cilberto

Carbondale, IL



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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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