A CRISIS OF FAITH? INCREASING NUMBERS OF MILLENNIALS IDENTIFY AS “SPIRITUAL BUT NOT RELIGIOUS” OR “UNAFFILIATED”!

Dear chomping chasm,
please help us all

adult sufficiently today.
Dear void of starlight,

please help the young ones
who call this the best

of all dull dystopias. Please
help us face our untreated

second shadows, the monsters
that echo our footsteps

on tile, that hover
there, silent and needing.

Please help our lilac hands
on keyboards produce

something of value. Of value
to someone other than simply

the whirlpool, vacuous
stock exchange. Please save

a little for when we get home;
please help us keep our charge

that long. Please bring dreams
of consequences; help

us be
that brave.

Catherine Kyle is the author of the poetry collection Parallel (Another New Calligraphy, 2017); the poetry chapbooks Gamer: A Role-Playing Poem (dancing girl press, 2015), Flotsam (Etched Press, 2015), and Saint: A Post-Dystopian Hagiography (dancing girl press, forthcoming); and the hybrid-genre collection Feral Domesticity (Robocup Press, 2014). Her website is https://www.catherinebaileykyle.com.

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