Not God

A god who is petty and capricious
Is not a god
A god who is vengeful and capricious
Is not a god
A god who does not protect the weak and disaffected
Is not a god
A god who inflicts suffering and misery
Is not a god
A god who is stingy and hard-hearted
Is not a god
A god who lies and deceives
Is not a god
A god interested in only their own desires
Is not a god

In Relation

We’re just ghosts in the places we live
And we wonder about the shadows dancing
Our walls move and breathe
We just want to feel something

And I
Can’t believe how quickly you gave up
How quickly you’ve thrown up
White flag of surrender
I thought you were stronger
I thought they were stronger

We’re strangers in a familiar land
Something has broken but not what was planned
We’re strangers in a familiar land
Hearts on the table to be examined

And I
Can’t believe how quickly you gave up
How slowly you’ve shown up
To avoid is to surrender
I thought you were stronger
I thought she was stronger

Echoes of the past linger on your lips
A martyr’s complex hangs upon your kiss
Your greedy hands grasping at my hips
Drunk love making anesthetic soon to be forgotten

And I
Don’t know why I haven’t given up
My personal anesthetic has not sufficed
To avoid the temptation of personal surrender
Forgetting lovers and friends who’ve left in the dark
I’ve found I’m stronger
Convinced myself I’m stronger

To Odysseus

Penelope, patient wife
Waited twenty years, twenty years
For you amidst all that strife
Penelope, patient wife

Telemachus, ardent son
Athena’s mission in your head
By your hand your father won
Telemachus, ardent son

Odysseus, Odysseus
How does it feel to wander?
This way and that, do I know?
Odysseus, Odysseus
Right this vessel, steer my course
For my Penelope
For the Telemachus yet to come