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> My Mother Said to Keep My Eyes Closed
+Steven Curtis Lance
post Nov 03, 2015, 01:46 PM
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My Mother Said to Keep My Eyes Closed

I remember a conflicted minister
Whose pious face masked something sinister
That he did not share but we knew it was there
Weeping weirdly through his pastoral prayer

As if he were speaking to somebody who
Knew better and maybe knew what to do
But who was reluctant to help him again
I was a child when it was awkward then

Before I was kicked out of the junior choir
I saw his bald head turn red and catch fire
As though he were embarrassed to have been
Losing my religion maybe that was when

My mother said to keep my eyes closed and
Wait for it to pass but try to understand
But when I could I understood and I
Could see the lie he would project on the sky

He needed to stop talking and to see
If he could start walking if he would be free
But he never did as he hid away
What thrilled him but killed him and was anyway

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