I've sat on the fringe of society while people
----clamber for wealth and security,
----strive for position and influence,
----do whatever it takes to get ahead,
----are heartless and lack love.
I've lived on the fringe of society invisible
----crying out in my hunger,
----smelling the stench of my own body,
----dying in the cold without shelter,
----awaiting a hand of kindness and love.
I've seen my church on the fringe of society
----comfortable in its ivory tower,
----striving for influence and position,
----dreaming of its glory days,
----accepting the American dream as gospel.
I stand on the fringe. Do you see me?