first wrongs—last rites

i don’t want to talk about    
      sickness and death
            and funerals and things
                  for last rites
                        are the first wrongs
                              of those who belong
                                    to adam’s throng.
in eden came first wrongs
      and today we perpetuate
            last rites
                  but what of the in-between
                        for from the first wrongs
                              to the last rites
                                    there can be forgiveness
or even a bigger mess
      like bigamy
            or the lust of the unjust
                  who eat the crust
                        we thrust
                              into the faces
                                    of the races
                                          through the ages
                                                seeking wages
but the wages of sin is death
      don’t hold your breath
            unless you’re already dead
                  for last rites
                        cannot rectify first wrongs
                              or pacify in-between
it is a mournful hymn they sing
      but i shall rise again
            when the last rites
                  shall be washed clean
                        of the first wrongs
                              and a new song
                                    shall belong
                                          to the whole throng
                                    of adam’s fallen race
                              who after this first going
                        will welcome the second coming
                  at the first resurrection
redemption story
      when my Jesus
            comes in all His Glory
                  when the last rites
                        and the first wrongs
                              shall be reconciled
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by Clyve A. Bowen♫
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