The Blessing Kiss

those in need have to step forward…
They have to sing, if they didn’t sing, everyone
would walk past, as if they were fences or trees.
That’s where you can hear good singing.
…god himself comes and stays a long time
—Rainer Maria Rilke

In order to win membership in the human race, we are asked to pay a “small” price: everything.
—Morris Berman

The Blessing Kiss

For the hopeless and the hated
All the broken hearted
The doomed and the fated
The bound and the parted
For all the sick and twisted
Defamed and deformed
The burned and the blistered
The shunned and the scorned

There’s not much I can do,
But I promise you this
There is such a thing in this world
As the blessing kiss

On the town with my woman
Ambushed by a curse
Men hit on her ask’n:
“You his sister or his nurse?”
Underestimated,
As if I don’t exist,
So humiliated
My spirit is at risk

And there’s not much I can do,
But I’ll promise you this
There is such a thing in this world
As the blessing kiss

I need you to see me
As Beauty saw the Beast
I’ll keep on through the famine
Dreaming of the feast
The blessing kiss received or given
In and of the soul
Is a sacred confirmation
Whatever shape you appear to be in
You are whole

The blessing kiss received or given
Each and every one
Confirms the soul’s condition
And when the Gods wanna hear real song
This is where they come

To the hopeless and the hated
All the broken hearted
The doomed and the fated
The bound and the parted
To all the sick and twisted
Defamed and deformed
The burned and the blistered
The shunned and the scorned

It’s a rookery of outcast
A choir of misfits
The only cost of entry:
Everything there is.
There’s nothing else to do,
But I’ll promise you this
There is such a thing in this world
As the blessing kiss