A Haiku - Abuse

Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5; Matthew 18:6-10

Followers of the Judeo-Christian beliefs generally feel they know "The Ten Commandments".  Stop reading. Write them down, and then see how many you do remember....and keep.
Followers of the Judeo-Christian beliefs generally feel they know "The Ten Commandments". Stop reading. Write them down, and then see how many you do remember....and keep. | Source

[Child abuse is not mentioned in the ten commandments (Exodus 20: 3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:7-21) . In the Bible it is dealt with clearly in Matthew 18:6-10. There are spouse, elder abuse, and other forms and targets of abuse.]

The Haiku:

Innocence denied;

Brute awakening destroys.

Purity defiled.


What right do you have?

Unrighteous dominion reigns.

The millstone awaits.


Satan laughs at those

Who think that they can hide it.

Fires of hell await.


I find the dictionaries' definitions of the word "abuse" to be sorely lacking, and for abuse of a child, the elderly, a spouse, even for abuse of an animal, the word describes what one American judge has categorized as "one of the most depraved, destructive, and demoralizing crimes in civilized society."

The crime of rape is one more such an abuse, and as one victim of rape stated, the crime lingers endlessly for the victim remains forever "the scene of the crime".

Of all the crimes, with the possible exception of murder (the killing cited in the ten commandments), abuse is a crime which seems deserving of criminal laws' harshest penalties. God's judgments of such transgressions seem likely to be harsh and swift with eternal consequences.

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Sheila Wilson 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

Those are interesting. I wouldn't necessarily call them haiku. (The plural of haiku is haiku.) Haiku have to be about nature and need to contain a seasonal reference. Those haiku are a bit long for my tastes but many people accept the 5-7-5 syllable structure. In the true spirit of haiku, I try to keep mine at 14 syllables or less.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

While Japanese Haiku are about nature and its seasons, mine are about human nature and reasoning. The brevity of the Haiku form, and in particular the 5-7-5 syllable structure, is the one I prefer to work within. Thanks for the reminder of the Haiku's plural. Point taken.


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cleaner3 2 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

labels are what they are.. abuse is an forgivable crime against the abused ..

great write..

for the abused must live with this forever, in their mind ..constantly afraid...

the abuser should be given the ultimate sentence...

that is what I feel ....that is what I believe


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

An "unforgivable crime" in man's terms. God, being the only righteous judge, and having sent his son to bear the burden of mankind's sins, I nevertheless suspect what I wrote ("God's judgments of such transgressions seem likely to be harsh and swift with eternal consequences.") will play out something like that. Thanks for the reading and comment.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Beautiful, Perspycacious, voted that way. I love words and their meanings, and that is what I read in what you have written.

Voted up ABI and shared


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Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

Wonderful haiku and voted up too.

Eddy.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks to the latest two beautiful Hub women to comment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Perhaps when considering definitions of such terms - abuse the vilest form of human destruction physically and mentally.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Any form of poetry is, to me, a guideline, rules to be used to our own purpose, a framework for our writing. You have used the form well here, I think; it suits such a subject. There is a case here in Britain about child abuse as well as the widely publicised one regarding Phillipino children. How the powerful can abuse the innocent I cannot and will never understand and I agree with you that they deserve the worst penalty.

Up ++ Ann


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I am sure with you on this one! Judges seem to not even understand the horribleness of these crimes and it makes me so mad when they let them walk with a slap on the wrist destroying someone elses whole life for who would ever really get over abuse?


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Any judges who were themselves victims of abuse would understand but have to recuse themselves. No one else will ever really "get it". Thus we have the slaps on the wrists, and the abused so often seek to punish society by abusing someone they themselves have power over, even their own children.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

There is a book that I have seen that describes sexual abuse as soul murder--it seems the closest that I have seen to how it actually affects people I think--


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

first great poetry..but I'd like to hold the doors for the crime committers to hell and push them in..


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It makes the commandment (not to judge) hard to keep, and now we have ISIS using unjudged innocents for their terrorist objectives.


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Perspycacious 12 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The struggle for humanity's sanity goes on.

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