Mike Faran

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Some Names Always Seem to Come Up
at a Biker Bar

Bailsmen & lawyers & doctors are always
mentioned. Even business cards are shuffled
and traded, etc.

But Jesus’ name is tossed around a lot
the turning water into wine bit,
the overturning of the money changer’s tables, etc.

Forgiving the adulteress & the murderer are topics
talked about with zest

Jesus was a kick ass xxx, says ol’ Gypsy Bill over a

Satan’s name doesn’t come up much

He never made them wine
He never forgave

He never loved a woman so much that the ground
shook & fires danced & trees
sang like Elvis

He never wore the colors like Jesus did


Mike Faran is the author of We Go To A Fire (Penury Press) and has appeared in Barbaric Yawp, Homestead Review, The New Laurel, Iodine, The Main Street Rag, and many others.