Authority and Power
We each believe we should lead
and yet none of us would have breath
if not a woman carried us and was
broken open for love.
We act as if our power is righteous
turning away from the weak and humble
blaming victims and hiding our shame
God's heart is broken open.
We claim authority of scripture or role
divine right of kings, white privilege remains
lauding our perfect teeth and thinness
over the homeless and the hungry.
The symptoms of our greed
walk broken on the streets
the outcome of our authority writhe in pain
and yet we think we are loved.
Love is the ultimate author
God the kind and loving Creator
offered us a beneficent garden
we ordered it burned to cinders.