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SHINE


Dull as dirt You can’t assert

the kind of light that might persuade a strict dictator to retire, fire the army, teach the poor origami.

The truth is in the proof is when you hear your heart start asking, "What’s my motivation?"

And try as you may, there isn’t a way to explain

the kind of change that would make an Eskimo renounce fur

that would make a vegetarian barbecue hamster,

unless you can trace this about-face to a certain sign.

Shine, make em wonder what you’ve got,

make em wish that they were not on the outside looking bored,

Shine. Let it shine before all men,

Let em see good works; and then

let em glorify the Lord.


Out of the shaker and onto the plate

it isn’t karma, it sure ain’t fate,

that would make a Deadhead sell his van

that would make a schizophrenic turn in his crayons,

Oprah freaks, and science seeks a rationale

that shall excuse this strange behavior.

When you let it shine you will inspire

the kind of entire turnaround ...

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