Looser Than Lucifer

Originally posted 4/16/2016.

Radio preacher, how you talk —
lips looser than Lucifer’s,
spitting hate from a so-called 
Christian face. Your God forgot
to put a muzzle on your judgment
when He laid His manly paw
upon you. Are you insisting 
He was perfect at the craft 
and this is — YOU are — 
are as good as it can get?
Are you really your God’s 
best selling point, making claims
for your own humility before Him 
even as you aggrandize yourself?
Get gone, sticky fingered priest,  
knife tongue pastor, pope
of nighttime rope, 
saint
of burning necklace, 
deacon
of past prejudice and future petrified heart,
congregant in the church of bending love
into daggers and handcuffs, bishop of murder 
under the high altar;
your game is
looser than Lucifer’s, 
who did not hide his dark hatreds
behind a Cross, who at least owned his pride
at not being in the slightest way
anything like God.

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One response to “Looser Than Lucifer

  • GRACELYN

    This is really powerful, strongly controversial, I see your words rifting out toward the pomp and ceremony of ritualistic religion. I would disagree that Lucifer did not hide his dark hatreds behind a cross however, that symbolism strongly equates with Mysticism also but I see the perception in your point. Yet he Lucifer would not be successful if he was not hiding his true face in ritualistic worship. It seems to be that your muse and Lucifer have sticky fingers in equal measure.

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