Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Everyone Lies"

She kneels before an all forgiving God   
            a supplicant asking for mercy   
            “Bless us, O Lord, for I have sinned”     
                        sighs through her parted lips       
                                    A conniving bitch   
                                                            to get ahead   
                                                                        to break even   
                                                                                  to fall in love   
            Her hair veils her face   
                        light and shadow finger her expression    
                                    hollow out her downcast eyes   
                                    highlight the planes of her pale cheekbones   
She prays for redemption and the strength to change   
            for God’s hand to guide her onto another path   
                        But people don’t change   
            Her disease seeps into her joints like lupus    
                        spreads through her organs   
                                    invades every cell   
                                                infects her life and world   
            So the tears shed before her Lord   
                        water and nourish nothing   
            Her vows of commitment to convert   
                        remain unheard   
                                    by her God   
For she’s forgotten her Golden Rule—  
                                    Everyone lies   


Copyright 2014 Elizabeth Abrams Chapman



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