Different Choice

Faith is a fine invention…”

….         ……… —Emily Dickenson, 56religious symbols
faith’s a fine invention:
a spade to shovel doubt away
good for diluting apprehension
keeping disbelief at bay
it sidelines skepticism
puts incredulity in a box
to become a soothing salve
or cell with locks

boosts the the probability of inattention
and ends in cul de sacs of  answers
discounts anything that trips its dancers
such a body’s mind will not bend
to newer sets of circumstances

faith’s the up and the downside of willing
—its fathering voice is not averse to killing
anyone who’s made a different choice


by Jim Culleny

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