To be a pariah takes only hate
and the unshaken conviction that you,
above all others,
To be an outcast you only need yell
when a listening ear
might salvage a soul.
To be Jeremiah, you need more than that:
not only conviction, not only the truth
but the burden of weeping,
the burden of love,
the knowledge that kingdoms are built of people,
that people and kingdoms are bound to fall,
and yet to love them all.