The Endless Repetition by Michael Peck

Even the preacher is bored
he reads the pages of the Bible
flipping them one by one
looking up to see
if anyone is listening
he hasn’t for years
neither have they
simply following the script
saying the words
singing the hymns
They have no light
in their eyes
they all come
for different reasons
fear, loss, nowhere else to go
Life goes on
they walk silently
from the churches
stone arched door
eyes not making contact
thinking about dinner
and the empty chairs
around the table
The TV’s distractions
about remaining young
late-night love
which has long been forgotten
while eyes tear
over one lonely plate

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