I know by the smell of privilege, unearned;
I know by the smoke of book-shelves burned;
I know by the sound of the rasp-throated pious
Calling "Join us or die: you will not deny us."
I know, when unbending Right is proclaimed—
When human beings are fed to the flame
Of a Higher Truth which must be met;
When a person means naught in the face of a text;
When professions of love sound most hollow;
When peace is claimed, but hatred follows;
If people must be moulded to fit the cause;
Then I need not think, ponder or pause.
By all these things, and the pricking of my thumbs,
I know something holy this way comes.
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