Pay As You Pray
Twisted logic, toxic thought: Welcome to the temple of the god you bought.
In for a service; out with the guilt; Witness the glitz fear and brainwashing built.
The price of forgiveness – salvation from sin? A tax towards the opulent clubhouse you’re in.
The upkeep’s a pile and the bills are sky high; That silver won’t polish itself, by-and-by.
There’s payroll to fund: these preachers aren’t cheap; Plus marketing spend, so be sure to dig deep.
Just cross the man’s palm – no need to explain – To purchase that mystical salve for your pain.
Reprieve for a fiver, atonement for ten: The mercy of God for the money of men.
(More, if you’re weak, as you never know when You might cheat or fight, lie or blaspheme again.)
Endure as you please – you don’t have to stay: No need to commit when you pay as you pray.
Indulge absolution and bask in the fable; Make the transaction and feast at the table.
Finance their lifestyle and sanction their fiction, Then live your whole life in complete contradiction.
A business arrangement: they need not beseech, And you need not practise a word that they preach.
Rhymes Against Humanity
The poem Pay As You Pray features in Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity, the debut poetry book by Ross Adamson.
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Adamson's emphatic 'rhymes of the times' fearlessly tackle emotive topical themes, some sharpshooting a laser-guided dart to the heart of the matter, others detonating a poetic powder keg of righteous anger.
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