The Ballad of Mercy and Grace


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Brighton Rock (Rowan Joffe, 2010)


Mercy is naked

and  Grace is deranged.

They’re complicated, simple

and appallingly strange.


Mercy and Grace

are on a midnight ride

away from Rage and Violence

and along the divide

between the Here and the Hereafter,

and beyond the order defined

by Judgment who, clad in a faux-fur,

pursues them.

Temptation, in cheap perfume,

woos them.

Only Piety eschews them,

for they are  naked and deranged

tangible, moving, ferocious, unchanged.


Mercy and Grace are an army of two

who have claimed the colour red

and cast the devil in blue.

Now Hope, locked in the tower,

sees itself reflected

in the eyes of this pair

whom the others rejected.


Hope is frail,

Mercy is naked

and Grace is deranged.

Their mission is dangerous

and remains unchanged:

replace the broken teeth,

heal the shattered eyes,

and destroy the worldly wisdom of the worldly and wise.



For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

1st Corinthians 1: 19-20 (KJV)

via Daily Prompt: Exposure


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