A dark wooden pulpit enshrines the inner sanctum

Where stand glass edifices in choral formation

Others; as effigies of the crucifixion against hallowed walls

The monetary organ silent before the sermon begins

Stools, pew like await the next intoxicating preacher

Demons of congregations past exude from every pore

Pious devotees take their place before the altar

Praying for the redemption of indiscretions past

Their melodic chants of absolution

Sacrificial lambs to an age-old God

Frenzied tongues transcend parishioners to another consciousness

To lure them into a hypnotic stupor

False promises of enlightenment from the bottom of a bottle

Devoted worshippers to the messiah Alcohol