Church of Summer

from by Matt Kresling

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It’s so good of you to be concerned,
in shirts and ties and oh-so-earnestly,
but I’ll take modernity.

I won’t be sending money
and I won’t be spending Sunday with you,
so you go tell Him about Me.

My attendance is fine at the
Church of the Latter Days of Summer.
Praise the Eel River—
let it baptize me.
And I’ll worship Our Lady of Constant Sunburn.
She’s the one true god-
damn thing I can believe.

So are you a man on a mission
or a salesman on commission,
and am I acquaintance or acquisition to you?

You say you just want to help the helpless,
and on its surface that sounds selfless,
but your central purpose is to help us help you.

I imagine that if one
subscribes to doctrine that defies good sense,
a rising subscription rate improves one’s confidence,
and everyone you convince is proof in its defense,
as if popularity amounts to evidence.
But contrast the empty pews in church this Sunday
hence
with the crowds at the beach
who have heard the Good News of the
Church of the Latter Days of Summer.
Blessed are the surfers—let them baptize me.
And I’ll worship Our Lady of Constant Sunburn.
She’s the one true goddamn thing,
the one true goddamn thing,
the one true god-
damn thing I can believe.

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from 2, track released December 31, 2011
guitar: david green, bass: lonnie wilson, drums: lewie fitz

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