nature of the beast

he cuts the wound
he binds it til it heals
he saves the whales
he clubs baby seals
he feeds the lamb
then slays it for his feast
it’s just the nature of the beast

he arms both sides
then says hold your fire
his words make sense
his deeds make him a liar
he makes his wars
in the name of peace
it’s just the nature of the beast

and i know that he’s
right here in me
no way to say
i don’t see

he kneels in prayer
then steals on the run
he makes commandments
then breaks every one
he murdered christ
and then became his priest
it’s just the nature of the beast

1983