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In The Day Zimmer Lost Religion by Paul Zimmer the poet reflects how in losing religion he has found faith in Christ He recounts how religion taught him to fear Christ as a young boy which influenced him to challenge religion and eventually find faith in Christ As a child he expected to be punished but the punishment never comes and now as a man he realizes he is ready to accept Christ as he has found faith in Christ and in return his religion In the first stanza the poet describes the beginning of his rebellion towards religion and his faith as he recalls The first Sunday I missed mass on purpose 1 The poet felt guilty about missing mass for the first time and waited all day for Christ to climb down Like a wiry flyweight from the cross and Club me on my irreverent teeth 2-4 Wiry flyweight is a simile used to describe the speed and agility that he expected to be struck The poets uses another simile like a red-hot thurible to describe his punishment as he expects Christ to wade into My blasphemous gut and drop me like a Red hot thurible 4-6 The outcome of his sacrilege is clear as he anticipated the devil roaring in Reserved seats until he got the hiccups 6-7 He believed the devil to be eagerly waiting the outcome to claim his soul The second stanza is a remembrance of religion during his childhood as he remembers It was a long cold way from the old days 8 As an adult he has now come A long way from the dirty wind that blew The soot like venial sins across the schoolyard 11-12 Here I believe he is using a metaphor dirty wind to illustrate the evils in life that he describes using a simile like venial sins The evils being the religion as it was taught
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