If you told me you were vegetarian
or Republican,
I wouldn't try to convert you
to bar-b-que or single-payer health care

If you told me you were Marxist
or Methodist
or Buddhist,
I wouldn't try to convert you to my

If we shared a pot of coffee
and a conversation, maybe,
we'd speak of books and passion
and trade songs of growing up

but I still wouldn't try to convert you.
It's not like that with you and me

When I said that we don't spank
and you countered, "The Bible says..."
did you think I hadn't read it?
(You never stopped to ask me why)

There was a definite conversion:

your words transmuted us
to you

and me.
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