52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Friday, February 20, 2015

2. "Beware of practicing your piety before others to be seen by them"


It’s assumed you’ll give alms, you’ll fast,
     you’ll pray, that you’ll practice piety.
That reward motivates action.
That there are hypocrites who like to be
     seen suffering.
That being seen suffering brings you the
     praise of men.
That that’ll be all you get.
That you have a room with a door.
That God sees and rewards those
     who go to their rooms and close
     their doors before they pray.
That God can see through walls.
It’s assumed you have means to disguise
     the discomfort you feel, that you should,
     at least sometimes.
That you’re saving for the future whether
     you know it or not.
That the audience in the story, standing
     around or sitting, and hearing these
     assumptions knows what they mean.
That they’re not  the only audience.
That those who wrote it down got it right.
That it’s true.

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