Church

The bank I go to
is in an old church building,
with high cathedral ceilings
and stained glass windows,
and I can’t help but think
that the bank owners
maintained the old church look
on purpose,
to ensure that we know that
the dollar is meant to be
worshipped like the body
of Christ.

I ask the teller if he can
cash my check.
He says that he can.
And then he hands me
my money like he’s giving me
the Eucharist.
I thank him for this,
then I put the bills
in my wallet
and say, “amen.”
He looks at me like
he’s confused.


DEAD RED FISH

60 responses to “Church”

  1. lol I went to a church in a building that used to be a bank.

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    1. haha i guess it goes both ways

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      1. I guess both the capitalist bankers and today’s wealthy megachurch evangelists (who supposedly require $52 million jet planes ✈️ to help them preach the Gospel) are attempting a materialistic Marxist Hegelian synthesis of both Christ and Mammon (the ancient Babylonian god of banking and commerce).

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      2. sounds about right

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  2. Amen, brother Lou! Sadly, so true.

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    1. i think so

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  3. Hallelujah! It didn’t bounce!

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    1. blessed

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  4. dale.beck1@hotmail.com Avatar
    dale.beck1@hotmail.com

    MONEY IS JUST AS REAL AS GOD… just saying

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    1. right on, Dale

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    1. thanks John

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  5. A roll of that old time Benjamin salvation

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    1. really a holy experience

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      1. You are truly blessed

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      2. i think so

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  6. Lou, the way you view, perceive, and relate is amazing. It is so complex but shared in a stripped down fashion that is pure and perfect.

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    1. damn. very kind. thank you

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  7. Nice portrait
    Solid yet symbolic
    I think it’s called literature, poetry

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    1. thank you

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  8. The bank probably made more money when it was a church. What happened, the church build a stadium and move out?

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    1. it must have

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  9. you got that right

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    1. thanks for reading, George

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  10. This makes me think of the story from the Bible when Jesus went crazy because of all the commercialism in the temple. That’s how you know he would’ve been quickly shot by the police if he came back in the 21St Century.

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    1. haha probably

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  11. Hahaha! So fucking true. This is the way to look at it for sure. And it’s always so hushed and somber in a bank. Like, fuck! Woo-hoo!!! I’m getting cash money, bitches! I’m excited! 🙄 Instead everyone talks in hushed and reverent tones. good lord….

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    1. haha yeah its funny

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  12. Brilliant.
    And I laughed at the Amen.

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    1. haha thank you

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      1. haha I laughed again re reading it. Such a great image. This is really clever. 😀 And so sadly true!

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      2. haha thanks for reading… again

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  13. Theres’ a big party restaurant and rave nightclub in Manchester England in an old monastery, with the huge gloomy crucifix still hanging over the dancefloor.

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    1. seems like a righteous place

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      1. looks cool

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  14. I can only imagine if
    your local bar was an
    old converted church!

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    1. oh i already worship the liquor

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    1. thanks Michael

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    1. thanks Melany

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      1. You’re welcome, Lou

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  15. There was an old church here in my city that someone bought and converted into a music venue, called it “purgatory.” I think it was eventually condemned when the balcony collapsed during a show. I have never seen a bank repurpose a building though, that’s wild. I think I’d be standing in line thinking “was someone molested right here where I stand?”

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    1. hahah that’s possible

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  16. Amen! Lol. Extraordinary post 🙂

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    1. haha thank you very much

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  17. Wonderful! …and the last ‘Amen’ a perfect fit! 🙂

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    1. thank you, Emma

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  18. Lou – I love your perception and insight in this poem. Brilliant writing. Well said. -Jill

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    1. thanks Jill. very kind

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      1. You are welcome. I find your poems to be very insightful.

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      2. glad you do. thank you

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    1. thank you very much

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      1. You’re welcome 🙂 I like your style of writing.

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      2. that means a lot. thanks for reading

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