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God is true
i am a lie
i harbor my
hypocrisy inside

i confide with pride
i kill with eyes
i think such thoughts
a ship capsized

why does God
put up with me
an abhorrence
one can’t unsee

who aligns, allies,
with lies, deceit
who hears victory
yet lives in defeat

i can not bear this
so fully aware
how will i fare
when i get there

no strength or hope i
cry out His name
for i know that His own
He’s quick to reclaim

i know on my own
it’s no use to aim
unless for these offenses
He’s taken the blame

-m.p. 07/17/16