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Brutal Heart

You are brutal in your kindness:
fine words,
fancy phrases,
castles in the air.
Pretty, pretty pictures,
each of them
cold
like mountain rainwater
or the rip of a Far East shore.

Oh, beneficent one,
your good deeds are cited,
cataloged,
neatly ordered
and searchable.

Do not your alms before men.

Your heart cannot be feather-light
when weighted by hypocrisy.
Charity will not transfer your sins
onto your enemies.
And though you grope in darkness,
whisper to your beads,
beg mercy of the Lady,
when the time for weighing comes,
light words won't be enough
to buoy your heavy soul.

This is a Three Word Wednesday post.

8 comments:

Sheilagh Lee said...

Brutal you sure told someone. Great post.

March 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Jazzbumpa said...

All I can think of is the departing ex-Nazi, child molester protecting Pope.

JzB

March 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM
April Scheffler-Nall said...

Nicely done!

March 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM
Laurie Kolp said...

Strong words... especially:

Your heart cannot be feather-light
when weighted by hypocrisy.


March 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM
oldegg said...

Some still think that what we do will not be counted. Time will tell.

March 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM
Helen said...

Ah yes can one's good deeds outweigh their bad ones.

Nice poem.

March 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Alice Audrey said...

You tell 'em!

March 7, 2013 at 1:13 AM
jaerose said...

The 'big man' (not wishing to be sexist but tends to be)..must be questioned...underneath is usually a brutal heart..brutal hearts have power..kind hearts..authority..

March 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM