Dogma’s Creed

There simply are no other
Excuses
Maudlin characters that they are
To justify my heart gone awry
These alibi actors upstage each other
Shed my Torment like
Crackling paint on the eaves of my suspicions
Crisping jingoism in the August sun
I cannot linger here
For these reasons
Any longer
(And so I must find my way
Cast into this world)
Even my own mystics cite too many pleas
Castigation’s mitigation of my own divinity
Set Against a pretext to personal freedom
I can never find.

© K. James Ribble

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