Shake me by the shoulders
and shout in my face.
Tell me I’m better than this
worth it (going to hell and back for).
Berate me, preach me, baptize me and brace me
Give me your fury, anger, jealous love, and condemnation.
Tell me I can climb the stars. Now move!
But don’t give me your contempt.
(Curling lip, distaste).
Quiet whispers in the hall.
Raised eyebrow and “Did she really?”
And “if you just wouldn’t make me so disappointed in you”
(Sigh, faraway look in the eye, sit quietly now)
Maybe if you are good… sit still now, no squirming in the seats!
I will love you if…
Who would sell the universe for that?
With your gentle maxims and your philanthropy
your gradations and conditions
(so noble noble noble)….
(noble noble noble noble…)
Keep your precious charity, handout, it’s all the same
Don’t you dare
to cheat us sinners
of our dear
Who spits mud and sweats blood
Furious with unconditional love