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“Confession is good for the soul,”
is an oft repeated remark,
it scours away dirt and grime
and brings light to bleak corners so dark.
Confession may wash away sin,
but if all we do is confess,
if there’s no change in our actions?
We’ll never clean up our own mess.

Confession acknowledges fault,
some faults are tectonic in scope,
tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes
all embraced by sad misanthropes.
What value does confession hold
if behavior’s changed not one whit?
Actions that call for forgiveness
must endeavor not to commit.

If for deeds one is repentant
what’s needed is an action plan:
What profits one through confession
if same sin do ‘gain and again?
Our bodies, minds, souls and spirits
intermingle to make us all whole
confession’s a call to action,
acknowledgment we’ve strayed from fold.

To beg and plead for forgiveness
while following same wanton path
may satisfy Christian dogma
but from me earns earns self-righteous wrath.
“Confession is good for the soul,”
but let us redeem by our works
let’s strive to live in the sunlight,
and His call for reform not shirk.

There’s glory in hallelujah
and there’s glory in wishing peace
atonement can lead to glory,
on Almighty’s grace all may feast.
But sad is seed that’s neglected,
seed cast upon stone or in weed,
confession must lead to action
and our souls must mirror our deeds.

“Confession is good for the soul,”
is an oft repeated remark,
it scours away dirt and grime
and brings light to bleak corners so dark.
Confession may wash away sin,
but if all we do is confess,
if there’s no change in our actions?
We’ll never clean up our own mess.