Part ii of the Jesus Army Saga— Questions before a kip

Questions Before a Kip

That night— tummy, wide with crust cut sandwiches
PG Tips & lemonade, a Jaffa Cake
—a sopping head & heart that he are cradles by his self
: he couldn’t be much more the jovial.
Charlie, sinks in the goose down of the Jesus Army cot
the cross above his noggin is softened the dark
with its unnatural glow— a relic memory pops up
: his mom’s moisturized hand, rustling his ginger hair
in preparation of his forehead for a dreamy kip.

From bed now listens while the Jesus Army people pray
one like a tin machine repeat
: the blood of the lamb the blood of the lamb over & over again & again
till consciousness him part from for the moon’s night shift
—his whinnying voice a burden on attempting sleep
: I think them ill with sumfin that am piled with doubt…
…Godly God why they is like this in tongues & that?
it funny eh? N’ who this Jeezoos fella they is luvy-duvy with so bloody much?
you… never speak like them’s, do ya?
Nota: tell Jesus Army Brothers Godly God am lisping curst
— he far from in’t a perfect chap by a gobbin’s worth
: he gambles much with human drama, rants & moans at us
— is like a draft of rum at times. 
N’ Charlie Kipperson dreamt his dream of dark seas again.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. pseudonymous says:

    My fav parts are when he says him: till consciousness him part from for the moon’s night shift—I was dying (laughing) at that part.

    1. i’m glad you are finding the comedy in them, they are supposed to be funny. Charlie is a comedian & he doesn’t understand why he’s been tasked with this by Godly God, but it is because he is an idiot, so organically hilarious against his will. kinda like a clumsy person, but with Charlie it is due to the ingenuity of how he expresses himself.
      when you laugh please tell me, i am very curious as to what lands as funny in the poems.
      this is perhaps the third or fourth time i have attempted to find an audience for Charlie— i feel perhaps now is the right time.

  2. Pablo Cuzco says:

    Wow. Beautiful. Touching. Malurkey’s naivete is like a knife that cuts thru the, please excuse the comparative, ‘babble’ of religious idiocy. I like it! The first Part left me uncertain, but Part ii shows signs of a true work of art.

    1. well part i was the setup, to get Charlie into the fold of the Jesus Army. Charlie is beaten-up by a gang of youths in the ist part & then has his keys stolen by a magpie, then due to hunger & no place to go, he is kidnapped. i might add that years ago i read an article in Vice about this very group, the Jesus Army, who were actually doing this: they were feeding the homeless in exchange for them being (sort of) recruited to work on their farms as, sort of fed, religious slaves.
      i thought it funny for Charlie to be seen as homeless, though he just had his keys robbed & was down in the dumps.
      thanks for the observations. Charlie is a pitiful thing.

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