Fat Tuesday/Ash Wednesday

I.

We all got scars

On soul or skin

In churches or bars

We all got sin

In the public eye

Or held within

Raise a glass

Sing a song

Go to mass

Hit the bong

This too shall pass

Before too long

You want redemption?

Not tonight friend

Tonight’s for wine

And vague memories

We all got wars

We all have lost

We all got scores

Of things they cost

Live today

Pray tomorrow

Find a way

To ease the sorrow

Sin not committed

Cannot be repented

The cycle repeated

As He intended

II.

Remember that you are dust

To dust you shall return

Are we more than want and lust?

An engine designed to yearn

Repent, and believe in the Gospel

Even for the apostate and the apostle?

I repent to those I have done harm

Not to those who I do not know

I carry love for those now gone

As I await my time to go

Our 40 days come with no warning

They just arrive

Our 40 days feel much like mourning

You might survive

If it is too heavy to carry

Take it from the pack

If the weight of it overwhelms

Give it back

The intrinsic should not be surrendered

The extrinsic is not judgement rendered

The ashes on your forehead

Are forever made of you

Do not try to wash them away

Gene. G. McLaughlin 2015

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2 thoughts on “Fat Tuesday/Ash Wednesday

  1. Most excellent poetry!
    Breezy, natural, and powerful!
    I really liked this

    Like

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