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Eyes Closed

by Melissa Martin  
10/27/2011 / Poetry



I came searching for spirituality
And you fed me destructive doctrine.

I came seeking some answers
And you fed me legalistic jargon.

I came searching for purpose
And you fed me damaging theology.

I came looking for acceptance
And you fed me your mirror image.

I came with a sense of fairness for humankind
And you fed me discrimination against other denominations.

I came with human flaws and defects
And you fed me guilt for not being sinless.

I came seeking peace of mind
And you fed me rules and regulations.

I came with blindness for skin color
And you fed me prejudice for biracial marriages.

I came with love for all of humanity
And you fed me abhorrence for gays and lesbians.

I came with empathy for pregnant adolescents
And you fed me abstinence and anti-abortion abomination dogma.

I came with a heart for mercy
And you fed me injustice and intolerance.

I came looking for an empathic Jesus
And you fed me counterfeit religion.

I came looking for a pluralistic Jesus
And you fed me a white blue-eyed version of you.

I came seeking an unconditional God
And you fed me provisional salvation.

Melissa writes about the God and human connection and condition.

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