Joe Jencks

Mercy

from Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers


I used to admire most a melody

And all it could do with love and words

I used to admire most a poet who

With a pen untangled this world into verse

I used to admire all that I thought profound

I plagiarized the prophets and the saints

Oh but now, now that I’m older

Oh, it’s Mercy that I admire most

I waited out my low youth for a fallow spectacle

In lines snaking round coliseums

I moshed in the drench under fame’s soft fist clenched

And I paid hard earned money just to see ’em

Oh but now, now that I’m older

Oh it’s Mercy that I admire most

I admire the pure of heart that will one thing

I admire the steady in their routine

I admire decision and the mind that endures it

And those who speak, though they be shamed

I admire the reckless voices for the voiceless

And the man standing in the path of tanks

Oh but now, now that I’m older

Oh it’s Mercy that I admire most

Oh it’s Mercy…

© 2012 - Jon Brooks, SOCAN, MROC

updated: 2 months ago