Going To Church


It’s a digital jab from a thousand feet

A cancel culture of viral tweets

The spin, the spun, the stinging spurs

The big of hate, in such little words


Every phone provides the pulpit

And un-ordained preach from it

The shit, the spit, the shallow speech

Now given wing and global reach


Thus, though mere words alone

Like rapier, they cut to bone

The vice, the price, the little mice

That nibble at humanity’s nice


This petulant prose unpoetic

Vitriol, bigoted rhetoric

The mad, the bad, for all to see

Offered like an epiphany


I see only the emptiness of words

Like so many, already heard

The vile, the bile, the unworthwhile

Bolstered by emoji smiles


Sermons told that touch to fears

Fatal in the course they steer

The vain, the stain, the stronger chain

Given as if gospel, unholy refrain


But our scripture cannot be seen

Found written on a glowing screen

It lies, it dies, given compromise

When we listen to those that divide


24 Responses to “Going To Church”
  1. I wish you had a pulpit and millions of parishioners to hear these words – not only hear them, but enrobe them with understanding. Another amazing poem!

  2. DC Gilbert says:

    Well done, Brad. I love this poem. So poignant in today’s society.

  3. beth says:

    this is such an important poem for all to read and hear

  4. ladysighs says:


    Experimenting again with the imayo. I let it go years and years ago. 🙂

  5. It takes courage Brad to write words like these. You have it 🌹

  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow, strong and beautifully written poem my friend. As a person of great faith I believe people
    should not be divisive nor should they judge. Leading by example with love and understanding is the way I pray I show my faith. Sending my love dearest Brad. I hope your week will be filled with lots of sweet moments. 🤗💕❤️🥰😘Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you Jonikins! This best testament to anyone’s beliefs is how they choose to live there lives. Hope you have a blessed day and week ahead! 🙏

      • jonicaggiano says:

        You are so right Brad. I read you beautiful poem to my husband as I was thinking about all the truths that your poem held. Very thought provoking. He and I talk about this same subject a lot. Then he asked if he could take my phone and read it again. He loved it too. I thought it would be a great poem to read in a church as every point you made was true. Christians have given Christianity a bad name in many ways. I agree with Button it takes courage to write controversial poetry like this but I am so glad you are a courageous. Your strength and honesty are two of the things I truly admire about you. You are so gifted too. I hope lots of people will read, understand and think seriously about your truthful words. You have a blessed day and new week dearest Brad. Sending love and many warm hugs. Love ❤️ Jonikins

  7. yassy says:

    This is an epic piece. It should be framed and hung on the walls of schools, universities, government offices. It’s should be a mantra for the whole world. Your heart is pure hence this outpouring of truth so beautifully penned. Kudos to you dear Brad.

  8. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    This was amazing! I know it came from the heart and from wisdom. I fully concur with your assessment of today’s world and with the need that there is to change things. We can accept the greatest advances in technology but we must remain true and loyal to each other as human beings. Lovely work my friend.
    All the best to you,

  9. kristianw84 says:

    Perfectly said and beautifully written.

  10. Jim Borden says:

    such powerful words. I love the creativity found in the third line of each stanza. Creative and powerful – what a combination. Well done, Brad!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: