The Tears of a River

Tears of the past
Flood water caste
As the poor line the riverbanks
The wave of guilt flows
Fed by weeping willows
Who fail to give a word of thanks

As salty remorse crests
Along with impotent protests
The untouchables remain as ever
Carrying their own casts
While the prophet fasts
Listening to a bird whistle “never”

The poor will always be with us
So said a man named Jesus
And so are we cleansed of our stains?
For who can question
Heavens holy lesson
Even while a beggar remains?

Cleansed of all blame
We wade in the shame
Of our justified existence
We cared but then ran away
As the songbird became one of prey
Feeding on our insincere repentance

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

JUST BEAUTIFUL.. itsnt it great to know Jesus? SO AWESOME.. I am sharing on the prayer request page on Facebook

Debbie


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Suburban Poet this is brilliant. Your imagery is so vivid. The words and images are so perfectly connected. And the poem just flows. Truly remarkable. Regards, snakeslane


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Deborah and snakeslane. Y'all are too kind. I enjoyed writing this one....


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Kulsum Mehmood 4 years ago from Nagpur, India

Voted up and awesome. Very unique title and ideas.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you Kulsum!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what deep thought...and i always admire your poems Mark...


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The Suburban Poet 3 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

Thank you raciniwa...

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