Tough Love


the congregation today prayed and sang
songs to their angry god,   preparatory to
casting Mindy into the outer darkness,
judging her satanic for the abortion
she worried over six weeks,   prayerfully,
conscientious,   finally finding more
sense in sacrificing one questionable
fetus than in starving four very real and
historically struggling children in the name
of piety and consequence.          her hormones
not being hell enough,   though she hovers
insanity’s brink,     these iron men and their
doll-eyed wives sentence her to life outside
eternal god          while preaching gospel love   .  .  .

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