ancient saints

by dm gillis

to be an ancient saint
was to be dissected
if not first burned to a crisp
by a righteous mob

it was to be boiled down to bones
or mummified then
horded in reliquaries or
any old Catholic tin can
and never to sleep in the dirt

this was the duty of saints
among others things the
honour did not come cheap
and from on high they
witnessed their place
in a pious supply chain
presided over by ruffian monks
and the gangster devout

only in this way
could a simple soul who’d suffered
have possessed twenty-five fingers