Thursday, June 15, 2006

What I Would Do

"Mountains of My Childhood" Jon Trott, 2005.

Have you ever had one of those "hero" daydreams, where you rescue someone, do some great thing, and everything comes 'round okay? I do. But as I thought about it, this lyric popped to mind. A little inspiration, perhaps, from Alanis Morrisette's "21 Things I Want in a Lover," though the lyric has no relationship to hers I can discern...

What I Would Do

If a man was hurting my dear wife
I would pray to strike hard and true
And then I would weep for the rest of my life
For the life I’d taken because I love you

What I would do
What I would do
Is probably not what I say I’d do

If a man was raping and I caught him
I would act to stop him now and future
And I would wonder the rest of my life
What made him his own worst monster

What I would do
What I would do
Is probably not what I say I’d do

If my misleader makes war for Jesus
I would pray please wake up our shame
Free us from this Christian flag-waving
That prays and smiles, then acts in Satan’s name

What I would do
What I would do
Is probably not what I say I’d do

If I saw Jesus bleeding on that cross
Scream bloody murder try to get him down
Knock Christians Jews and Romans
Just to free Love from that thorny crown

But I’m just a writer stuck in headland
Where heart and hands are held in derision
And Jesus did that dying for me
While I’m paralyzed by sin-decision

What I would do
What I would do
Is probably not what I say I’d do

If I did do right, it would be for you
It would be because of you
Sweet lover of my soul so true, so true
It would only be for you

(c) 2006, Jon Trott. All rights reserved.

1 comment:

Anias Nin said...

That's really good, as was the previous one "Fits and Starts". You really hit home when you write. It doesn't matter if it's an article or poetry. I'm so glad that you do.