Baptism

Have you asked the water

if it wants the burden

of your sins?

 

if your spiritual pollution

will taint its purity

 

You might come out clean

but will the oil slick

of your sins

stain the next sinner

who believes this water

will make them innocent

 

The weight of water

coupled with the weight of sin

does not give birth

to grace.

 

copyright Kimberly White 2007

published in Sacramento News and Review

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