If you were the last to be deceitful
Will you be the first to be again?
If you were born to be angry
Will you be the first to place blame?
If you called guilt forgiveness
Would you have a place for our shame?
When ushered into your penance of copper, nickel and tin?
Had it not been for ambivalence toward a better way
Had it not been been for a pocketful of crosses purchased today
Had it not been for a rosary worn atop your scarred chest
Had it not been for a late communion showered in make believe
Had it not been for all of these
Would I have taken an untimely leave
Untimely leave of your deceit…