Mason-Dixon Lines p o e t ry B y M I c h a e l c h I t Wo o d On Being Asked to Pray for a Van My evangelical brethren have let me know, via the quarterly fundraising letter, that they can't get the gospel around because their van has given up the ghost. God in the machine, help them. I lift up their carburetor and their transaxle. Bless them with meshed gears and a greased cam shaft. Free their lifters. Deliver their differential and anoint their valves and their pistons. Unblock their engine block and give them deep treaded tires. Their brakes cry out to You. Hear them, O Lord. Drive out the demons from their steering column and come in to the transmission that they may know the peace of passing. Minister even unto the turn indicator. Creator Spirit, Holy Maker of the Universe, give them gas. Snapper It's a kind of monster, cobbled from parts of other creatures-- beak of a raptor, clawed feet of a burrowing animal, tail of a croc. Its armor medieval, breast plate and back plate, the smeared heraldry praises mud and bottom muck. You're lucky just
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: May 16, 2009
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