Belief is a Graveyard by Jennifer Lagier

During Catechism, grim nuns
depicted hell in vivid detail.
Warned impure thoughts
and acts would condemn us
to eternally burn.

Hormones already caused
nocturnal torture.
Steamy dreams left us
dry humping pillows
in unsatisfied anguish.

Preaching purity, the celibate
counseled us in abstinence, prayer.
Threatened damnation, disgrace
for those who welcomed the serpent,
sexually stumbled.

Jennifer Lagier has published nine poetry books and in multiple literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is now a retired college librarian/instructor, member of the Italian American Writers Association, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Website: http://jlagier.net

Jennifer Lagier has published nine poetry books and in multiple literary magazines. She taught with California Poets in the Schools and is now a retired college librarian/instructor, member of the Italian American Writers Association, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate monthly Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Website: http://jlagier.net

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