|You cannot get away
from being plural;
On you must rest the burden of my sin.
Moreover, your self-portrait is a mural,
Kaleidoscope of all you've touched within.
In what you say I find my inspiration,
Perhaps unfairly making you my guide.
Penitence presumes that expectation,
Uniting others' sins with yours inside,
Relating my pretense to your false pride.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon