Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Poem for Pentecost

It seems that Pentecost is the only major Christian holiday that hasn't yet been co-opted by the secular culture and made banal by generic 'holiday' symbols and consumer customs. But - what if it were?

If Pentecost Was Commercialized

Doves dangle in shop windows.
Sale! Get in the Spirit!
Special deals on fans to blow a wind in any upper room.
Spicy dinners to give everyone a tongue of fire.
Songs with lyrics no one can quite understand
but if asked they say
“She rides a Honda in Shandala.”
Kids dressed as holy ghosts
sing Happy Birthday to god-knows-who.
And in Peter’s honor, the drinking starts at 9 a.m.

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