Lenten Visita Iglesia

Church packed with pilgrims
in Lenten purple shirts
the priest admonished:
visiting churches is all about praying
to the young he said
it is not a food trip
and to the elderly
a frequent carping for a restroom to pee,
that the devil works through constipated stomach
and that diapers for the elderly
are good devil repellent;
and then one more thing –
no one should be ahead of the priest
those who would like to lead the caravan
must become priest first.
The instructions were clear:
for the noisy young it means they can eat
it was not clear though
whether the old women
were laughing at the trickster priest
or at their senior bladder;
sarcastic or self-deprecating
laughed they did anyway.

by Francis Yap


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