Society Turned Its Back But Love May Win Out Yet
Society turned its back on you the other day;
given what you did, it really couldn’t be another way.
Reality is harsh, unflinching as law carved into stone.
Sometimes the crimes we commit become the scarlet in flesh and bone.
Yet I’m the one who remembers when you were golden as the sun
and people looked in awe at you as if you were some famous one.
Contained within your presence was a gift we all admired
And it’s hard to admit to flaws when to your example we aspired.
Maybe it began as something brushed off by society
-- oh, he’s just a boy, why don’t you moralists let him be? --
But then it took a turn that you never could admit
and no one wanted to know that your halo didn’t quite fit.
Now you sit in the place where the scarlet letter burns like a brand,
Where the golden self must die while the criminal takes his stand.
People who once looked up at you with faces all aglow
Will now turn away as if you were one they did not know.
Yet if I could talk to you, this message I’d convey,
The story of a man found out and the love that decided to stay.
The story would be grim because the crime still remains,
And it’s not just him who must face the guilt and pain.
Yet outside the context of the time the in which the culprit was trapped,
The love and esteem of eternity remained around him wrapped.
And though the consequence remained for all his time,
Through the love of one, he found the strength to truly shine.
Now in the darkness that you walk; the darkness of December,
I hope you can find within the love society can’t remember.
For in some way we all hide some part of us that isn’t right
And until we extend grace to one, perhaps we all will shun the light.
Society turned its back on you the other day,
Yet only through love can there be hope for all to shine in the day.
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