The First Congregational Church
is now available for meetings,
weddings, and social events.
The Presbyterian Church
with its big bell tower and giant clock
is now a Baptist Church.
The Methodist Church,
now called the Chocolate Church
(due to its newly painted shade),
is now an Art Museum.
The new church service
is now conveniently at the beach
where tattoos are the new symbols
of emotional devotion.
The old-new Redeemer on the scene
is the Sun with Ocean for consort.
Screaming seagulls supply the chorus.
The ice cream shop (soft and hard)
offers the new, informal communion.
The Sun provides penance with sunburn.
The Holy Spirit still broods in air
with hovering wings over
beach, bridge, and unnoticed barnacle—
and hovers over Waterfront Park
where children gather to giggle
at the cascading waterfall….