pariah
pariah
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pardons for the beggar
he knows not what he trades
witness to the rapture
a feather for a spade
preaching him a savior
what alms that would've made
words to sate the hunger
though wordlessly he prayed

threnodies for martyrs
indifferently played
lulling into stupor
those starving to be saved
beneath the skyscrapers
within walls mired and grayed
they all roam encumbered
and silently they pray

ripping through the integuments
of a convivial heaven
sleeping in discontentment
stay cast-away; forgotten

penance for the pauper
watching the cavalcade
of endless wanderers
all dressed in the decay
through torn streets and corners
the grime will never fade
listen to the laughter
the asphalt takes its prey

lumbering across the pavement
the ragged delirious children
wallowing in detriment
stay cast-away; forgotten

still groping for all those long disclosed promises
still hoping for halos when their god could care less


are they conversing with angels
while carrying their own shovels
and quietly knowing too well
when and where to bury themselves

pardons for the beggar
he knows not what he pays
placed his doubt on barter
for faith without a face
he wouldn't consider
to even make a raise
when a dream is offered
it's never there to stay

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