Pardon my disbelief

The service has been serviced

prayers mumbled and seen to be mumbled

by mumblers, a cosy epilogical spit and polished agreement

between priest and parishioners


then off they go

mind carrying their separate versions

of a perfect thought painted image of heaven   


the sunday smile wearing flock exiting

having collected their shares

of self assuring peace


their 'fix' of exultation

another weeks supply of fooling themselves

into believing that HE approvingly

wipes their past weeks slate clean of all wrong doings



a clerically blessed binning

of sins

definitely not for recycling

or are they?


in short

a regular steadying of their self righteous worlds

that sail through life

on precarious keels


◄ Darkly plumed star of Winter

Two thieves ►


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Bethany Sallis

Thu 10th Nov 2022 02:06

Yes, what a coincidence Uilleam and who could blame the congregation's response for such strange behaviour? Thank you for your comment.

While also thanking you for your comment Penguin, I prefer to leave the poem as it is, but I certainly do see your point of view.

Thank you Rose. You are right regarding the fall in church attendances, but the way things are going in today's society you would think it would be the other way around, wouldn't you?

I agree with what you say Stephen with regards to those who are happy to worship, but as you can appreciate the fact that among certain congregations you will always have those who are not fully committed worshippers. Thank you.

Thanks also for the likings to Frederick, Rose, Uilleam, Stephen Gospage and Stephen Atkinson.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 8th Nov 2022 17:23

Enjoyed this, Bethany, although I am prepared to concede that some people are of sincere faith.

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Rose Casserley

Mon 7th Nov 2022 18:13

Nice one babe! I wonder why so many are losing faith these days
-thats what you call a silly question 😩

Rose 💋


Mon 7th Nov 2022 13:34

I can empathise with the sentiment. You could probably finish at stanza 3, otherwise it risks becoming a bit of a sermon itself...

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Mon 7th Nov 2022 13:24

"...a clerically blessed binning

of sins

definitely not for recycling

or are they?"

Somewhat of a coincidence I should find your post, having just this hour read an article about the congregation in Listowel Co. Kerry, who walked out of a service apparently in protest at the cleric's refusal to bin their (alleged) sins!

I was brought up an R.Catholic,😇 and they have my full sympathy .

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