Wednesday, April 4, 2018

promises, promises

you came and cast fire on the earth.
you came and were distressed.
you divided households.
you divide three against two,
and two against three.
you divide father against son,
and son against father.
you divide mother against daughter,
and daughter against mother.

you did not come to bring peace.
you brought a sword.
you came and set men against their fathers,
and daughters against mothers.
you said our enemies would be
members of our own households.

i must love you
more than father or mother,
more than son or daughter.
i must carry my cross
or else be unworthy.
so demanding. and yet
for you i will lose my life.
for you i will gain it.