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Church

August 14, 2011
By Sarahhhhhhh BRONZE, Malden, Massachusetts
Sarahhhhhhh BRONZE, Malden, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence."
- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


with lifted eyes she clutches that
book of lies
the pastor screeches "Hallelujah!,"
jazz-hands and all.

never a woman upstaged
not even by bright lights and dance numbers
(the theatrics of worship)
she squeezes out one tear,
then another, until
she is sobbing for the big man
on a cloud-throne in the
sky.

the rhetoric of faith erupts from the pulpit
and wraps her in
a warm blanket of delusion.
she knows these pews will always be
her stage.


The author's comments:
Sometimes the theatrics of the church experience overshadow the religious experience.

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on Aug. 29 2011 at 6:46 pm
thetruthawaits94 SILVER, Duncan, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

Being close to God shouldn't be an act. It doesn't need big, crazy emotions in front of people to be real. I really like the meaning behind this poem, once again. Great use of language, too! the vocabulary really pulled this poem together. Nothing else, but maybe capitalize the first letters on each line! :)

on Aug. 29 2011 at 11:53 am
Sarahhhhhhh BRONZE, Malden, Massachusetts
4 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence."
- Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Thanks so much to everyone! :)

on Aug. 29 2011 at 11:18 am
ohheyyyelli SILVER, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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I LOVE that (like the others pointed out) this has such a unique meaning. You have a great vocab. I love poems like this, so much better than ones that lay it all out for you. You are seriously talented.

on Aug. 29 2011 at 10:51 am
yellowflower SILVER, Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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Just like everybody else i really love the message!! it is so unique and i wish i could be that creative! I also lov the the word choice, for example "a warm blanket of delusion" really puts a feeling and picture in my head. Great Job!

on Aug. 29 2011 at 2:39 am
Garnet77 PLATINUM, Sinagpore, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Everything's a triangle." ~ My mother

"Write what you love, write what you care about, because sometimes, it's the easiest way to be heard."

The flow of this was surprisingly good. I really like the unique message (as julian pointed out), and your word choice set a perfect tone for what you're saying in this piece. Well done :)

julian GOLD said...
on Aug. 29 2011 at 12:48 am
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
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Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.

Lovely poem. I really enjoy it when poetry have unique messages in them. This piece certainly did! It does seem that sometimes the drama and the theatrics of church can take away from the actual experiences that church is meant to bring. I really enjoy your subtle rhythms that you entwine throughout your poetry. It is very pleasing to read. Once again, splendid work


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