Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It Was Worth It, Right?

This is the first time I'm sharing an audio version of a poem. I think speaking it is indispensable to conveying the full meaning, so if you'd like, click play and give it a listen. Transcript provided below. 

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You're trying to bait her into sharing her deepest truth
But she's a privilege not a right
And her secrets are not your purview.
But you're going to keep pounding away
Until you get what you want
Which is full access
And her admission that she's wrong

Now she's broken in the corner
screaming at the God you say you represent
Now she'll never speak to you or Him again

But it was worth it, right?
It was worth it to be right.
Yes, it was worth it, right?
It was worth it to be right.

You don't know him anymore
And if you tried you'd just shut the door
in his face
before he could finish his story
because if he's not a carbon copy of you he deserves slander
not glory.

Now he'd rather be alone and he won't pick up the phone
No matter what you say he's content
With the knowledge that he's innocent

But it was worth it, right?
It was worth it to be right.
Yeah, it was worth it, right?
It was worth it to be right.

You rejected me because I dared to disagree.
Because the way of Jesus is to make outcasts
out of heretics
until they come crawling back on their hands and knees.
No, the human church does that shit
God's strong enough to listen to little ones like me
and our crayon drawings of majesty.
Errant people excommunicated me in the name of that unholy trinity
of Dogma, Word, and Infallible Pastor,
And now I can't darken your door.

But it was worth it, right?
It was worth it to be right.
Sure, it was worth it, right?
It was worth it to be right.

Stand up for your convictions
Say what you believe is right
But don't you think for one minute
That fighting like the Devil
is gonna make me see the light.

You're on top of a mountain
Alone with the wind and the cold and your firm grasp on the truth
And the valley is littered with the bodies
of everyone who used to know you.
Friend, sister, brother, son, daughter
crying out for mercy and water
but it was worth it, right?
It was so worth it
to be right.

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