having been born into a family of baptists
i was taught catholics would burn in hell

even at a young age
a bit extreme
over nothing but a change of venue

and i had no means of understanding
those who took a vow of celibacy

in a southern baptist church
the preacher and the deacons
were who the women flirted with

to me
remembering the sabbath day
church attendance boards
tithing totals
fried chicken
and gossip socials