Reply To A Poem About Religiosity

Those who practice religion
envy---condemn---the just who live by faith;
the way life is insulted by the intrusion
of a shallow, and insubstantial wraith;
or the noisy chaos, in profusion,
that escapes from the . . . uh . . . institution.
Those who express a shrilly critical conniption
against the Way unto eternal salvation
disclose no wisdom, but only preverication,
speaking from envy, inadequacy, or ire;
from unadmitted, craven lack, or twisted desire,

lost in the lower depths of reprobation.



Author's Notes/Comments: 

The second line alludes to Habakkuk 2:4 and Hebrews 10:38.  The last line alludes to Maxim Gorky's play, The Lower Depths, and to Romans 1:28.

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