At Oklahoma Christian College

April 3, 2008

when asked to go
I had visions
of keg parties
maybe
getting lucky
with this
sweet smile
brunette
jumped at this
road trip

but OCC
was a haven for
half-assed evangelists
in training
not to covet thy
neighbor’s wife
but broadcast journalism
and Jimmy Swaggert 101

on stage
the hidden fan
blowing
the pages of the bible
held above the head
marching–preaching
dabbing the sweat
with white linen
stage left
stage right
dramatic
intervention

everything that
wasn’t holy
was red
the basketball team
the doors
the town
was red
though not necessarily
painted
even the damn
dirt was red

I stuck out
long hair
beard
sandals
with the tire
tread soles
believed by me
to be some
Nazarene
knock offs
all forbidden
at OCC

I made them
nervous as I
tapped my Marlboro
on my watch

eyes fixed on me
like the last supper
wondering
as they were
when this
trip
would all
be over.

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