How Faith Works
My granny always tithed
what remained of her
Social Security check at the end
of each month to a few
of her favorite radio evangelists
— to help them reach out across
the AM airwaves
to touch more souls
with their holy healing powers.
But I never saw her seal one cent
into an envelope
addressed to any of those
charlatan TV preachers
she watched just as religiously
on a black-and-white set
balanced in the window ledge
of her rent-controlled
senior citizen apartment —
no matter how often
they asked for her prayers.
“You wouldn’t see Lord Jesus
prancing around the front of a church
in a fancy suit like that fool’s,”
she told me more than once.
“Not up in my idea of Heaven,
you wouldn't, anyway.”
How her gold brick
of President Reagan’s
turned blue in the back of her fridge
I remember now, too.
Bio: Brian Beatty was born and raised in Brazil,
Indiana. He received his undergraduate degree, in English Language and
Literature, from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. His jokes, poems and
stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications around the
world, including The Bark, Conduit, Dark
Mountain, Gulf Coast, Hobart, McSweeney’s, The Moth, Paper Darts, The
Quarterly, Seventeen and Urthona. His
poems and stories have also been featured in a variety of public arts projects.
Brian has attended writing conferences at Ropewalk and Indiana University. Brian
now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he sometimes performs as stand-up
comedian and storyteller.