After Armageddon

A procession of penitents

wanders like a column of

sleepwalkers into the town

where they’ve been told

the Benevolent One resides.

Sprinklers water tidy lawns

in front of synagogues and

banks, shopping malls,

a football stadium and

other places of worship.

A runty dog guides the

flock toward Paradise, but has

to run for its life when the pilgrims

find a cardboard sign taped

to the Benevolent One’s front door:

“Gone fishing,” it says;

“Back soon.”

© J.M.Keating 2013

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