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Poetic Expressions: Hustlers, Hymnals and Hallelujahs

By: Yvette R. Blair. copyright 2018

From my file of random musings as a writer and theologian
Deep in the heart of Texas abandoned church buildings have found their final resting place
along the bluebonnet peppered highways

where hustlers kneel on hymnals
shooting dice, praying and
blowing into cupped fists,
speaking in tongues, looking for
mercy that rolled dice, amid dicey
temptations will yield an offering

Water towers stand in the
background, washing away
the sins of holy rollers
cursing the ground of Freestone
county and Limestone county
and worship bulletins
are score cards, stained with Communion juice and smudged
pieces of broken bread
Jesus’ body broken for the
remission of sins, for
holy rollers who scream
snake eyes
In the shadows of premium outlets
that sit low in the valley of
Hill Country, where Emmaus walks
led by bone-weary spiritual guides
have no where else to lead congregants
And now here, at mile marker 187
the air is heavy with Hennessey in a
once flourishing parking lo…

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