Preacher Man

Preacher Man slithers to town.
Gonna solve problems that
we never had – before.
Gonna tell us ‘bout sins that
we never did – before.

He’s packin’ the pews and
we’re payin’ big dues
to hear his raunchy sermons.
Descriptions so good and scenes so hot
he leaves us dying to try it.
He grins real big at sumptuous sin
but tells us not to taste it.
Oh, but the fruit so juicy and smells so sweet –
seems a greater sin to waste it.

Now, if we’re real strong and
eschew his enticements –
Preacher Man has more ways to
mess up our days.  Piously and insidiously,
he degrades our life-long habits.
Pleasurable things – which have caused no harm –
now, have sinful labels.
And you better listen close to what he has to say.
For, now, he claims – there’s gonna be hell to pay.

Hell to pay you say? Sure,
if you can make up the sin,
you can make up the punishment.
Preacher Man gets you in and only
Preacher Man can get you out.
No other way will do!
Got you comin’ and got you goin’ – with
payments required each way.
And that’s at the bottom of what Preacher Man has to say.

About Landon Elswick

Landon Elswick is a retired Department of Defense Analyst/Engineer. He holds multiple college degrees – two Bachelor’s and three Master’s degrees. All of the degrees are in Engineering, Operations Research, Business or Defense Planning. This background has nothing to do with writing poetry. Although, working within the right-winged-Christian “Defense Analytical Community” generated enough internal frustration that it may take Landon the rest of his life to release it through his poetry writing. Landon is a “self-taught” poet. He has studied at least half a dozen poetry craft books and constantly reads the work of “great poets.” Landon also enjoys listening to CD’s of “great poets” reading their work. Landon is a member of The Poetry Society of Virginia and was recently awarded a first place prize by that group for a poem that he wrote. In addition to his poetic interests, Landon is a member of MENSA, the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (ISPE), and the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). He also enjoys working out at Gold’s Gym every day, is a ballroom dance enthusiast (Bronze Four level dancer) and achieved the Able Toastmaster Gold level in Toastmasters.


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