Ralph Long

Childhood Religion

For God against all uncertainty
Each night kneeling, praying with certainty

Guardian angels proof of heaven
Against Satan’s misleading uncertainty

For the Propagation of the Faith
Mite boxes full of coins offered in certainty

Memorizing religious knowledge
Baltimore Catechism against uncertainty

After confession’s dark uncertainty
Communion God shared in certainty

Belief continued in certainty
Until questions answered with uncertainty




Ralph Long is a graduate of Haverford College and a resident of Oakland California. His work has appeared in the Avocet and The Ghazal Page.