May 12-June 25, 2020




well share him on social media

or send him off on an email

having been told that if we do it

by midnight we will be blessed


this is a wonder


does God really work like that

is He no more than the talisman

we hold when we want a thing

better or more than it already is


he looks so sincere


staring outward from the display

he looks like he wants to help

and would, but is this a truth that

Moses, Peter or Paul would relate


our incessant need


urging us casual yet hopeful share

blessed images of an arms-length god

gain ourselves his limited time offer;

is God a mere snake oil salesman


saying “come on down,

i’ll be in town all week”


Snake Oil
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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