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Accomplice

David Stewart

without words
stars and souls
whisper holy themes
without hesitation
shepherds and kings
kneel beside me
.
but i cannot stay in bethlehem
.
kingdoms in turmoil
i must journey
through the now and not yet
walking with the healed
breaking bread
eating words of life
.
streets too crowded
filled with pushing and cursing
unruly Jerusalem ignores the poor
covers the prophets with stones
justice and mercy are aliens
in the land of blood and honey
.
i long for bethlehem
.
this time
there is no star to guide
this time
there are no hallelujahs
i must now give account
the jury surrounds the fire
.
i do not
i do not
i do not
my forehead smudged with ash
a silent verdict
in darkness i am lost
.
there is no way back to bethlehem

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