Here is a little animation of “Skin and Sinew,” voice-over done by Jason ‘Blue’ Williams. Thanks for an excellent reading Blue!
Here are the words to follow along:
Skin and Sinew
God, I plead have mercy
on my friends who have turned away–
because how can you blame us?
You gave us Science like a wedding gift
to know your intimate thoughts,
but they’ve made you seem like a liar.
Our older brothers spilled Sex
into every soaking fold of our nations fabric
and you call us sinful for it.
So wouldn’t you expect us to resent you
for the guilt stained into our thighs
and for our little brothers who say, ‘screw it all;
weren’t we made like this?’
We’ve made Democracy our god,
because of all the world’s handsome leaders
none alone can we trust to reign supreme.
We’ve placed our faith in Human Rights
because how could we trust a Heavenly Father
who sends his children down to die,
like my devout mom who slipped off our roof.
We’ve tried to find you in Religions-
but all we know is to switch temples
like channels, when we’re left wanting
because television was our teacher.
God, in You alone I trust– only You.
But can you see now
how little we know of what we do?
Have mercy on our sooty land, Lord.
Raise up scientists and artists and politicians
who have seen Heaven
to speak in our dialect about Sex and Science
and your Sweeping Hand of Mercy.
Train our eyes and our bravery
to take up light in fragile lanterns
that can gather all our scattered tribes–
all the skin and sinew from the night–
into your Gentle Hands of Mercy,
God, I plead.