A Catholic’s Guide to Avoid Going to Hell
Use your manners,
even if the other person doesn’t deserve it.
Smile, a lot, sometimes painfully.
Grit your teeth if you must to really sell it.
Be a generally good person, by society’s standards-
whatever society you happen to be a part of.
Don’t be the person who breaks a pay-it-forward chain
in the Starbucks drive-thru line.
Keep most of your thoughts to yourself,
(people don’t usually take kindly to them).
Always bless people when they sneeze.
Tell white lies to protect other people’s feelings.
But also never lie, it’s wrong.
Maintain impeccable customer service,
no matter how awful the customer is.
It’s your fault, anyway.
Treat all animals better than humans.
Animals are the closest thing to God
(besides the Pope, of course).
Give your money away-
no matter how hard you work for it.
You don’t deserve it.
Valerie Frost is a Garden State native. She lives in Central Kentucky with her twin three-year-olds. Her poems have appeared in the Eastern Iowa Review, Anti-Heroin Chic, Thimble Literary Magazine, and elsewhere.