The indigenous sacrificed to the goddess —
money, food, flowers, flesh —
in sacred rituals elaborated on by
hundreds of years of exaggerated
intentions and selfish motives.
The priests string flags and bells
over doorways, creating tinkling
chimes of no significance.
Demons visit the temple,
pleased with the offerings,
the misery of the devotees,
the lavish lives of the cenobites.
The goddess never leaves
and knows not of her