Empty Pews on Sunday

Even within the stillness

Of the sanctuary,

Hearts of the most

Devout congregants

(Believers of God)

Often find

Their faith shaken:

Absence from the very

Creator they gather

To worship.


Our familiar fortresses fall,

And leave those inside

Forced to accept

The Land of Uz.


But refusing to offer


Is a right signed away

At our baptism.

–Graham Duncan

Graham is an English Major at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He aspires to be a writer and an English teacher.

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