by Joseph A. Farina
the street evangelist on the corner with his microphone and mini amp. preaches out his condemnation cites as proof the word of God decrying all our carnel pleasures giving us all second chances to glory in a promised rapture to rise from death free of pain once more reborn in innocence he is tormented by unbelievers drowned out by horns of passing cars reported to those that serve and protect a hazard to motorists and pedestrians still he stands in imperious patience secure in his higher given grace offering freely his revealed path to glory he is certain we are needing behind him a few disciples holding signs quoting the apostles, rest on crutches look the watchers in their eyes who turn away too busy or too frightened of their own infirmities refusing to be lured suspicious of forgiveness freely given and by a message of love, that history savage and barbaric could not whither
Joseph A. Farina is a retired lawyer in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An award-winning poet, he’s been published in Quills Canadian Poetry Magazine, Ascent, Subterranean Blue, The Tower Poetry Magazine, Inscribed, The Windsor Review, Boxcar Poetry Revue, Agape Review, and appears in the anthologies Sweet Lemons: Writings with a Sicilian Accent, Canadian Italians at Table, Witness and Tamaracks: Canadian Poetry for the 21st Century. His writings have been published in U.S. magazines, including Mobius, Pyramid Arts, Arabesques, Fiele-Festa, Philedelphia Poets and Memoir and in Silver Birch Press Series. He has had two books of poetry published — The Cancer Chronicles and The Ghosts of Water Street .