From the recording Cardinal
(You Will) Die as You Have Lived
You’re planning the end
According to an ancient script.
Why are you in such a hurry to die?
Your slaughters go unchecked by any foreign power
No matter how many mothers cry.
It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle
Than for a rich man to pass through heaven’s gates.
How long will you wait to share your life preserver?
Or, will you hang on until it is too late?
You’re building your empire
Up into a tower.
When you kneel, I don’t know to whom you pray,
Because if it’s the one that I am thinking of,
When you die you will go the other way.
You say that you need
To fight fire with fire
But how much did it cost Gandhi
To hold a hunger strike?
How much money did a desert prophet have saved up
When he sealed his manifesto with his life?
© 2008 Laurier Tiernan