Wednesday, October 15, 2008

play-acting (matthew 22:15-22)

having taken
the Hypocritic Oath,
i can easily prescribe
a treatment of behavior
for my neighbors,
yet proscribe
the same ethics
from my life;

switching sides
as easily as a
changes his beliefs,
i can make reservations
for a pious table,
and gorge myself
at temptation's buffet;

building my image
as a purveyor of peace,
i can dissemble
with violent thoughts
and the WMDs of words;

hold up that shiny coin
which bears my image
so I can see
who I really am,
and discover
whose I might be . . .

(c) 2008 Thom M. Shuman

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