Reprobate in Recovery by Donal Mahoney


Reprobate in Recovery

If you’re a reprobate in recovery
you have to be careful what you do.
You’re no different than an alcoholic,
always in danger of falling again.

At least an alcoholic has a disease
but not every reprobate is sick.
Some are genetically louses.
They love what they do.

If you’re a reprobate in recovery
it’s understandable to think
you might be safe in church.

Lots of good people go to church.
But reprobates go there too.
Some may be worse than you.

The next time you go to church,
even if it’s your first time, remember
this old saying, recently refreshed:

A church is a hospital for sinners
not a resort for saints.

When you go to church,
a reprobate might
hand you a bulletin,
pass the basket, nod off
in the pew next to you or
bellow from the pulpit.

So watch for a reprobate
to join the mix after
a Sunday service
during fellowship with
coffee and donuts.
If you can’t spot one,
a selfie may do.

Donal Mahony

Donal Mahoney, nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had poetry and fiction published in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found by clicking here… 

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