Hands of Retribution

Hands of retribution
come together
to settle
the accounts of the past.

The strap
is made ready.
Payment begins
in ernest.

Blows cause sweat.
to pop from the back.
Searing pain
shoots through the skin.

A steady reimbursement
is made blow by blow.
Not one stroke is missed.

The mind
is strech thin.
With extreme effort
it remains sane.

Still hope springs forth
an enduring lesson
is learned.
Lasting marks
have set
premanent markers
in place.

Now, the favor of joy.
Is to repent, turn
and cleanse the heart.


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