Mary and Lana

Oh, Mary and Lana
were just two nuns
with too much time
and not enough fun.

Out in California
at the old St. James Catholic School
they were teaching and running things,
guiding youth through God’s rules.

In their days of slapstick rulers and prayers,
they heard about a place
alone in the desert
where secrets have no case.

Dazzling lights,
delightful sounds,
ironic facades,
and money everywhere
to be found.

Oh, forgive them Father
for the first sin laid
was greed and dreaming
of a glamoured life
every day they waked.

Oh, Mary and Lana
were just two nuns
with too much time
and not enough fun.

Together they were smarter,
moving numbers,
creating distractions,
fooling all the others.

Dressed in boxy black
through the week.
And sparkling on the weekend with
suitcases full of cash.
In Vegas,
their dreams could last.

One trip turned to many.
And so they became the queens
of the penny slots,
rewarded with high dollar suites
and free daiquiris.

Greed is a funny thing
and addiction is just one
of it’s nasty lots.
And while the two were careful,
Eventually, they got caught.

It may have taken
St. James over ten years
to catch on to the sisters’ game,
but they found out
all the same.

Long since retired,
resting in old age,
bowed in prayers.
They came for them with handcuffs.
“Criminals of the state.”

But like good a Catholic,
St.James weighed forgiveness
and decided the two passed the test.
No charges were pressed.

For, Mary and Lana
were just two nuns
with too much time
and not enough fun.

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