Prayers for Forgiveness

Forgive the Bible-fattened fool
For thinking he’s redeemed
When all his fallen nature’s in
His telling me I’m damned.

Forgive the acceptable citizen
Who feigns for the vogue she’s got.
I’d rather be censured for who I am
Than praised for who I’m not.

Forgive our letting people die
Till ferrymen in a fix
Must shove their rafts apart to free
A log jam on the Styx.

Forgive the friend that comes and goes,
Refusing to be bound.
She hasn’t lost enough love yet
To know what she has found.

Forgive democracy that makes
The kingdom-come extinct
By freeing us from all our chains
So now we are not linked.

–August 17, 1991

(“Prayers for Forgiveness” appeared in the Spring/Fall 2002 issue of RE:AL Stephen F. Ausltin State University TX.)

Published on October 20, 2006 at 2:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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