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That Brand Still Burns Which Once Was Burned
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"A silk purse made of sow's-ear me / By way of one hard lesson learned"


That Brand Still Burns Which Once Was Burned

Driven out from the Baptist church
Branded as homosexual
My absence left them in the lurch
To others less effectual
Since by this they deprived their choir
Of the benefits of my hire
My background was Republican
But it suited me not at all
I was a curious young man
Unsuited to their cramped and small
Solutions to larger questions

I questioned their explanation
And offered my own suggestions
Reaping righteous indignation
Culminating in expulsion
Cast out from the conservatives
With misdirected revulsion
Out to where the other half lives
This was when I was seventeen
I am surprised to still be here
Yet here I am now big as life
Those Baptists bound and gagged by fear

While in the interval between
I had three children had a wife
Became a German Lutheran
Liberal Democratic man
Concordia University
Full scholarship Class of 'Eighty-Two
The poet +Steven Curtis Lance
Quite harmless even useful to
Society for having learned
A lesson of intolerance
The hard way nor will I judge you

A silk purse made of sow's-ear me
By way of one hard lesson learned

That brand still burns which once was burned

+Steven Curtis Lance



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Honestly revealing and self-accepting as well, I believe, Stevie. Thank you for sharing your soul. Love and peace,

Regis
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay
A very good autobiographical poem, dear cousin. It was 'their loss', truly...
Reviewed by Robert Martin
A poem rife with power and emotion. You say it like it is Steven, and I love that about you.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead
poignant, thought provoking read, well done
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Intense and soul baring write Steve and tells so much about how things used to be and how things still used to be today. Not much has changed as far as i can see, the bigots are still bigots, the haters still hate but......

Those who love and care...still love and care.

Felix
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