Description: No offense to anyone - just a thought
The prophet spreads his arms and speaks
Talking of despair
How belief is the soap that will clean the dirt
The dirt off their souls
Belief in him
And a check written to him
Or some cash put in a nice and neat envelope
He speaks of hope
But says hope is only for the respectable
Or those who have felt enough guilt to become respectable
Or at least respectable in public
While they do their deeds in private
He weaves patterns using words
Capturing their imaginations
But he also takes
The screen projects verses
Verses which could mean anything he wants them to mean
Like a skilled surgeon he goes into their minds and implants a version of god that is going to benefit him
Love the cynical tone....so well done! Yes, the only dirt to be found is their own dirty practices...And he feeds off of the blind faith of his followers.
The last two lines are wonderful. His task is made even easier because his followers allow him in, want him in, invite him in.....and once his "version" of god is implanted, they're like robots to do his bidding....
this is absolute truth---evangelists make money off of poor souls or rich souls...
jimmy swaggert was on a late night talk show on CNN once..and the publisher of rolling stone mag. asked him this..."if you are so broke..and your ministry in such need of money...why not sell one of your two million dollar homes?"
This is a very cynical view, no doubt. But I some how like it. I like the way you used thse words, especially for those short two word lines towards the end. Very powerful! Maybe I feel that only cause I agree with you in someways. But its still a very good poem!