abandoned church – a poem by Rebecca Kokitus

abandoned church

hardwood littered with candles and hymnal pages / feel my flesh crawl like cobweb brush, ghost finger caress / half inside half out like purgatory

false idol nightmare face painted above the altar / forever smirking at “til death do us part” / batshit crazy stir crazy Jesus / tired of haunting this place / wanted dead or alive / worship like ghost hunting

draw ouija board on torn out bible page / forgotten psalm

fill the cathedral with flashlight glow / inspect the dirty wound /each time you revisit this place you bleed / blood oath with the ghosts

imagine getting married here / spray painting your vows on the walls beside the bleeding signatures / steeple pigeons sing you down the aisle / wearing dusty tulle drapery as a veil / mummified

feel around in the dark for the secrets the night keeps / written in braille

Rebecca Kokitus is a part time resident of Media, PA just outside Philadelphia, and a part time resident of a small town in rural Schuylkill County, PA. She is an aspiring poet and is currently an undergraduate in the writing program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She has recent work in Rag Queen Periodical and Moonchild Magazine, and more work in other places. She tweets at @rxbxcca_anna.


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