Statement Before Sentencing

You tell me to speak the truth
but I can’t say what I feel.
I’m bound I’m shackled –
bound to serve justice you think I deserve.

Please do unto me
that which I can not do.
See through the lie that lies in my eye
the lie I’m less worthy than you

I live in the dark of my mind
alone beyond being alone;
searching my life to find what I am,
too mad too scared to atone.

I look for the truth of my past
through the veil of the stories I tell,
the stories I tell to know I’m alive –
the stories that make me feel whole.

Your light doesn’t shine on my world
and in my stories I never could see
a place in your world where my spirit could live –
a place where my world could be.

Yes I entered your world
breaking the laws you enforce;
your rightness your honor the power of your court
force me to show remorse.

Yes your justice is right,
the path I chose is wrong,
but I ran down the road that brought me here –
I was running from feeling my fear;

afraid of what I would see in the world
when the world looked at me,
someone unworthy to live in your world –
someone not worthy to be.

Now the truth of our world comes to light:
Truth is judged by your might.
You stand in rightness and I stand in shame,
but our fears and our hopes are the same.

There but for a grace
transcending all we see
you would be writhing in fear of my mercy
you would be pleading to me

Please do unto me
that which I can not do.
See through the lie that lies in my eye –
the lie I’m less worthy than you

Please help me do for you
What I beg you do for me.
See through the lie that covers our eye –
the lie I’m not more than you see

Please be with me
To do what we can do
To see through the lie that blinds our eye
The lie I am other than you

Please be with me
so I won’t be alone.
Safe in feeling we belong
we’ll find the peace we need to atone

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