Chris Costello

No Vacancy

God is a waiting
room, sterile walls and unanswered prayers. He is
the steps of a decaying coffee house
piled high with snow. 

He is a halfway house, between here and where you need to be. 
Your front porch on that sticky summer night where I stood
anticipating your kiss.

God is a burnt-out neon sign, a roach motel with no beds
a sleepless place where you will wait
for the rest of your life.

Chris Costello is a writer, editor, and educator in Central New York. His work has previously appeared in Nine Mile Magazine and Stone Canoe. He is a regular contributor to The Forge News.