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The Birds of the Air and the Lilies of the Field
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With a stranglehold on my throat
And whispered threats in my ears
You thought to usurp me,
That I’d cower and appease you,
You intimidator of circumstance
And exploiter of fear
Who would be my conscience
And, my God.
I defy you!
I challenge you!
If I am to be intimidated,
Then truth will be my intimidator!
If I am to be exploited,
Then love will be my exploiter!
If I am to know life,
Must I yield to you?

Can you starve me?
Don’t you see?
Life is more than food!
The birds of the air
And the lilies of the field,
They know.

Can you bare me?
Don’t you see?
Life is more than clothing!
The birds of the air
And the lilies of the field,
They know.

Can you cast me out?
Don’t you see?
Life is more than shelter!
The birds of the air
And the lilies of the field,
They know.

Can you kill me?
Don’t you see?
Life is more than breath!
The birds of the air
And the lilies of the field,
They know.

Amen.

— GENE DONALD PARSONS
Providence, Rhode Island