Foolishness of Bribing God in the 9/11 Epic Poem

The Following is an excerpt from chapter 17 of the September 11th Epic Poem. The rough draft was written between June 2008 and May 2010. It is 2,000 lines long and has 1,499 rhyming pairs.

Now most will fight against this plight
            By sometimes doing good.
They’ll feed the poor who find their door
            Because they know they should.
But still their souls are bursting full
            With doubts they can’t describe,
As fingers grope to find some hope 
            That God accepts their bribe.
But there’s no way these games you play
            Eliminate your crimes.
They never serve to change the curve
            You’ve set at other times.
You try to claim some noble aim
            Absolves you of your flaw; 
But this, you know, would never go
            In any court of law.
For if you were a murderer
            They’d never set you free,
Because your wealth or days of health
            Were used for charity.
The jurors there would hardly care
            How all of it was spent,
As if your dimes could pay for crimes
            And make you innocent!
So do not try the day you die
            To hand the Lord a list.
The secret stash you plan to cash
            Mostly likely won’t exist.
To pay the debt with what you get
            Is something that you can’t:
The only way to get away
            Is if you have a grant.

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