for car ads that rhyme
and toys that break within weeks,
for lights that blazon "Santa, stop here!"
and coffee shops playing "Jesus is born" elevator music.
Because really, God, how else would I know where to look for you
if the box stores & advertisers didn't say "Lookee here!"
with glitter and jingle bells and a price tag?
My God! O Holy God, Mysterious God,
for the things we do and say
in the name of religion,