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But Not Mary
©2008 by Frank Gayer Martin

Everything’s all in order
Whitewashed walls and folded linen
Straight-back chairs, buttoned down collars
And calico dresses for all the women
But not Mary

The reverend’s vision God provided
So many sisters for all the brothers
Who will reign, household masters
Over sanctified servant daughters
But not Mary

On the seam of sky and sand
Three stories high, windows gleam
A beacon of hope on the promised land
Where the Godly man can worship free

Mary prays in a cheap hotel
Deliver me from this hell
Made by man in the Father’s name
Oh Lamb of God you should have known damn well

The married man, blessed he
One wife is forty, another twenty
And the betrothed is just fourteen
Pure as snow and oh so pretty
But not Mary


from Blue on Blue on Blue, released April 1, 2017



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