A Prayer

Lord if you knew me,
You would not ask me to kneel.
You offer me your son,
but I am no hungry dog to eat flesh,
no loathsome vampire to drink blood,
and forgo humanity
on some distant promise of immortality.

I am a virgin, Oh Lord,
and will not marry myself to you,
will not barter my soul for salvation.

This is my hungry world
and I will not neglect it,
in dreams of paradise.

I will not join your legions.
Such is not my destiny.

I will not whisper
through your iron grates,
these are my secrets,
and I will keep them.

I will not let
your river wash me clean,
these sins have made me
who I am today.

It is not your right
to offer me innocence.
It is not within your power
to forgive me.

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