I saw this religious ceremony on the main evening news when the first cruise missiles were being deployed in Europe.
Jesus, the padre prayed,
direct these missiles onto the heads
of our enemies.
Except that’s not what he said. He said
we pray that these missiles will be efficient
in their function.
Then. Up Jesus,
ride them clean down their throats.
Except, of course, he didn’t say that either;
but blessed them with holy water.
After that, the missiles were dispatched,
American missionaries to Europe.