Three Questions

Why is not
a mother’s water breaking
the baptismal font
of the variable rites
of religious admission?

Why the charade
of a church man
with a few blessed drops
or at the riverside
dunking a whole body
in the current?

Why again
at confirmation
this sealing of belief
and commitment
with massive peer
and congregational pressure
applied to what should be
a matter of free will?

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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