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How Merciful?

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Love of My life,
     you are dirty.
You traipse after
     other lovers,
          and eat their
               delicacies.
My heart hurts,
     so bad.
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Your faithfulness
     is like a morning cloud
          that promises shade
               from mid-day sun,
But then, quietly, wisps away.
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You invite lovers to lay
     between your breasts,
          but you do not prosper.
And you eat your fill of them
     but never get enough.
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You do not direct your deeds
     by what I decide,
          because you do not
               know Me.
Your pride testifies as much
     to My very face.
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Return to Me,
Though like paper,
     I have torn you,
          I alone can mend.
Though like fruit,
     I have stricken you,
          only I can tend
               your bruises.
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On the third day,
     I will raise you up
          Once for all.
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Turn to Me,
     turn from your men.
And re-turn,
     believe in Me.
I desire mercy,
     not sacrifice,
But sacrifice I will
     to show just how
          merciful.
 

Hosea 2:5, 7, 13, 3:1

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by J Alan R
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