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  • Lena Drake

The Alcoholic

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

He prays like the hopeless,

the way their fingers lace across a bottle

or a waist—fingers forgetting to whom they belong.

Bible study somewhere close,

close enough that you don’t have to drink to drive.

A pastor slurs through the sermon,

his message confused.

Everyone confused and feeling sinless.

A passerby enters to hear the word of god,

but all he finds

is a group of hat-wearing women tripping on LSD.

“That way to Jesus,” one of them laughs,

as the brim of her hat droops across her stitched forehead.

Photo By: Kelly Balch

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