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Sister's Bad Habit

Updated on August 7, 2013
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The drunkard knelt praying,

While the nun stood cursing,

Fingering her Rosary,

One link missing,

A bead fell from the chain,

While the sot began pissing,

The sluggard stood slurring,

On the bead he was slipping,

In spilled whiskey,

He lost his brain,

Hail Mary,

Check his pockets,

Find some silver,

Buy some bread,

Bottle-cap his eyes and fold his hands,

Prop his feet,

With empty beer cans,

It's just her habit,

This sister is well fed.




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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      You got it, Jose. : )

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      Jose Velasquez 

      5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      A girls gotta eat right?

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Sir Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      different but creative I like it wayne barrett

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks a bunch, Nighthag!

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      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      what fun! thi was a great write that I am so sharing on, having grown up within the church I cant help but enjoy your cheeky poem

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      Diane Denison 

      5 years ago from Cincinnati

      Haha you made me laugh Wayne the poem is funny.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Playdivadi: thank you for the visit and the compliment. To be compared to Colin (epi) is quite an honor indeed! And I certainly don't mind being labeled a comedian. If I can put a smile on your face, that makes me smile.

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      Diane Denison 

      5 years ago from Cincinnati

      Your another Epigramman another comedian. I loved it. I have been studying Monastistic living they like their wine.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you James!

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting and nicely done.Thanks for this perspective.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Chris!

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      Chris Mills 

      5 years ago from Hartford, CT

      Well, we got a whole story out of that one Wayne. It was a very gutsy move. Well done and well enjoyed. voted up

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Colin (epi-man)! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :0)

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      I think you just out-Bukowkied Bukowski - lol lol - and definitely you have epi-man eating his humble hub pie now - lol lol - I love when you write like a rollar coaster just about to fly off the tracks man!

      lake erie timeless for you

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, biz! : )

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      bizarrett81 

      5 years ago from Maine

      Very interesting...

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Wolf!

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      Eric T. Shortridge 

      5 years ago from MidWest

      Loved it! grew up roman catholic so this resonates with me, haha - good stuff!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again,Carol!

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      Caroline Marie 

      5 years ago

      Wow really interesting writing. Good stuff Wayne. :)

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      acaetnna 

      5 years ago from Guildford

      Brilliant and superbly original.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Martin, did they use the ruler on you? ;-)

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I studied under the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      'Twould be a valuable "habit", Wayne. :-)

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Jane!

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      Jane Holmes 

      5 years ago

      This is so comical but not unheard of. It's very amusing. All of my friends who attended catholic school should read this one! WEll done!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Yeah, and don't forget the hair pulling! I used to get my hair pulled all the time for talking in the cloak room!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      bravewarrior: At one point while writing I pictured a nun with a large ruler in her hand. Thank you for the visit...Wayne

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      mckbirdbks: Thank you so much for the compliment...Wayne

      X: Thanks again for stopping by...Wayne

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Having gone to Catholic school, I find this quite humorous!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Nellieanna: If I keep getting compliments like yours I just might turn this kind of writing into a "Habit!"

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      Jim Higgins 

      5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Where is the "daring" button, no to mention the "irreverent" button? You pushed a bunch with this one. Original is right! Up!

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You don't often run across something so original. Very interesting.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      5 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my! What a strong message and poem, Wayne. It paints a picture vividly, however unfamiliar to me! In fact, a movie-picture could be derived from it! I must vote it up and interesting!

      The play on word "habit" is very interesting. Your mind is interesting!

      BTW - that illustration is intriguing, too!!

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