Step by Darling Step (The World is Saved)

I go forth
 into the field
 Is this real?
 Hell and brimstone
 raining down
 all around
 Camouflaged troops
 Surround me
 My hands behind me
 Down on my knees
 Their leader laughs
 at such providence
 to encounter me here
 He doesn’t realize
 that this was my plan
 to submit
 I surrender
 Do what you will
 But I must try, somehow
 to tell you that I love you
 I know if you had your way
 America would burn
 Every inch
 and from the cinder
 something new would rise
 I don’t know what
 I don’t care
 Because right now
 all there is
 is your gun in my neck
 You ask me if I wanna cry
 I tell you that I’d rather care
 and be the kind of person
 that strives to understand
 until my last breath

This is where
 it gets confusing
 The end of the story
 branches off down separate paths

You see, in my world, I didn’t die
 Because I believed in my path and didn’t hide
 In my world, the plan worked out
 We had some drinks and some jokes
 and they let me go
 I still keep in touch on old Facebook
 much to the chagrin of homeland security
 My people say they’re playing a long game
 Eventually they’ll show their teeth and destroy us all
 But you see, in my world, that’s not the way
 Step by darling step, the world is saved

Alas, my version of events may not suit you
 In your world when ISIS has you
 They decapitate or shoot you
 So, in your world, I’m just another martyr
 Because you believe in sacrifice
 and unavoidable slaughter
 I don’t blame you, babe, the world’s on fire
 or is that just the silhouette
 of a demon that’s retired?
 Either way, let me ask you just one thing
 A final request if I lose my head
 Can you please, pretty please
 not avenge me?
 Could you strive to forgive
 through understanding?
 Could you see into the lives
 of the executioners?
 Could you picture them as children?
 with fears and dreams and mothers?
 They could chop me up into little cubes
 but my spirit would be settled
 because I pursued truth
 So please, pretty please, subdue the urge
 to dishonor my memory
 by wiping people from the Earth

Someday, the violence ends
 But not before a choice is made
 and fortified all the way

Originally published at Andrew L. Hicks.