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    dots Submission Name: Prayer for the Agnostic Asthmatic dots
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    Author: lolaxelmo
    ASL Info:    23/F/IA
    Elite Ratio:    2.96 - 34/37/38
    Words: 178
    Class/Type: Poetry/Comedy
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    dotsPrayer for the Agnostic Asthmatic dots
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    Between the soda machine streaming
    Pepsi syrupy sweet carbonation
    Homemade barbecue sauce and grease
    Toothless middle aged cooks and
    Old familiar drunks with red eyes, swollen faces
    He tells me a story—
    Whether sincere or in jest I can’t tell—
    At 17 years old, an asthmatic
    A firm believer, strong spirit
    In the Christ his lord.
    He stands facing his congregation
    The ever powerful preacher prays the cure for asthma
    And the performance works—
    Deceived as a solution for a lifelong affliction.
    So he says he will do this for me
    As I wipe counters sticky with clumsy spills,
    The soda machine and empty glasses
    To be filled as my witnesses—
    An appropriate ceremony for an agnostic.
    I can’t recall what he says
    Through the anxiety of my nerves as
    I feel my heart quicken, loud beats
    Fill the awkwardness of his prayer talk in my ears.
    To end the ritual:
    “there, no more asthma.”
    I smile and thank him
    For what I still have yet to decide—
    Gratitude given involuntarily for an
    Impromptu, unvolunteered prayer.




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      Sometimes it can be so difficult to tell religious people that you find them ridiculous. Believe me, I know, faith heals all!! Right?

    Bruce
    | Posted on 2013-08-09 00:00:00 | by monad | [ Reply to This ]


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