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First Amendment

Jess warms: that steeple's turquoise aspiration…
A bishop's hat protecting nave,
A point for sacraments and congregation,
A sanctuary blessed to save
Communion in the consecration
Love hymns from baptistery to grave.

Jim warns: that steeple's pointed domination
Saves nest of dogma and abuse
Where incense, niche and candle, incantation
Soothe questions in repeating pews
And fill the paten with donation
Sustaining smooth corruption's ruse.

Here in their multi-story neighborhood, both men
Praise liberty, feel grateful they're American.
Posted 04/22/13
from Stars Beyond the Battlesmoke (Seattle: Rose Alley Press, 2008)
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