It’s a lift that people get on
when there are a hundred floors
to climb; even armageddon
can’t get past these sliding doors.
People press whatever button
that will send them on their way
to their meeting & discussion
& their business for the day.
Until one day, someone skipped church;
barely missed the sliding doors.
But the lift stood still, shook, then lurched,
slamming people to the floor.
& then people sat up to perch
on their knees & start to pray
that they’ll never again miss church
if they don’t run late today.