Who do you think you are?

“To what then will I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not weep.’

For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’

Nevertheless, wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

(Luke 7:31-35 NRSV)

It’s all your fault,
not mine, but yours.
I may well sue!

I played my part, but you wouldn’t play yours.
I played wedding music –
but would you dance?
Not a bit of it.
Your trouble is that you won’t dance to anyone’s tune but your own.

I sang funeral songs –
and did you sing?
No. I knew you wouldn’t.
I said to myself just before I began to sing,
“I bet you won’t join in!”
And I was right, wasn’t I?
Go on, tell me I wasn’t right – I dare you!

You can’t, can you?
Admit it.
Admit it because you know I’m right and you’re wrong!
As usual.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again –
you’re all self!
You! you! you! all the time.

You never consider me, or my feelings.
You never listen.
You never co-operate.
You never inflate my ego.
You won’t let me label you,
pigeonhole you,
categorise and classify you,
identify you,
control and manipulate you,
wear you like a badge,
carry you like a trophy,
condemn you and humiliate you,
demonstrate my power over you,
and, of course, my rightness
and your wrongness.

Just who do you think you are?
A bit of humility wouldn’t go amiss,
would it?

Nigel Carter


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