Picking Fruit

Whether
to be religious
is a choice,

Like perusing
among the
rainbowed fruits
at the market:
apple
kiwi
strawberries
or maybe none today.

Whether
to be spiritual,
I suppose,
is also a choice.

But that’s
more like
choosing
whether or not
to chop off
the hand
reaching
for a mango.

Sure, you might
survive
without the appendage,
but you’re both
jeopardizing your well-being
and
bleeding
all over
the produce.