Friday, October 2, 2020

Religious Experience at Joe's

It's a dark and quiet
smoky page
from the book
of martyrs.
Soft strains of hymn
float out of the jukebox,
bottles gleam behind the bar
like evening stars.
Faithful witness throats
guzzle brave beers,
celestial whiskeys.
Men walk on water
in the bathrooms.
With a little powder
on the cheeks,
red on the lips,
women change water
into wine.
Every drunken voice
delivers sermons.
Each besotted brain
rings bells.
Later, bars close,
streets empty,
apostles return home
to those of little faith.

John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident, recently published in Soundings East, Dalhousie Review and Connecticut River Review. Latest book, “Leaves On Pages” is available through Amazon.