The Worst Crime

The Worst Crime

Once did not sate their hunger,

Twice they laid him rest.

First outside the city,

On a hill’s humble crest.

Twice on a street corner,

And thrice hung down the way.

Bound, the “Heir of all things”,

On a tree, for display.

Only now there is no sign,

No soldier to stand guard.

In a humble, indomitable way,

Lives then dies,

The “Power of God”.

That night “The Faithfull Witness” saw,

Mankind’s sins, perceived he all.

Now he sees us every second,

“The Branch” may crack a bolt.

Into our lives he reaches daily,

Tho hung a bit remote.

No, once was not enough,

The Second thought they better.

Here hangs the “Mediator”,

Through all nations, his sacrifice forever.

“The Deliverer”, for us he died,

Aggressors, thought they better?

Though with time we have devised,

With sin ev’r at our side

To kill “True light” is awry,

But abuse, a profitable lie

So now they intertwine,

Metal with one “True Vine”.

As he hangs round our bowers,

Over our hills and our flowers.

Once died for humanities crimes,

Now made “The Servant” every time,

Are desires are unfurrowed.

At night made alive,

In every home he resides.

And upon the dawn our hands extinguish,

Once again,

The “Light of the world”.

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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Good one, deep and poignant...


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George J Hardy 6 years ago from Southern New Jersey

The old, old story with a modern twist, I loved it!


Melisande  6 years ago

I had to read this twice- the second time (and after hearing you discuss it) it finally clicked for me. Anyway, great use of rhythm (I think I've forgotten in my own poetry that rhythm is quite a useful technique)and nice use of some pretty vivid metaphors. Very original and well done.


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pinkhawk 6 years ago from Pearl of the Orient

..indeed, it's the worst crime ever!...a heart stabbing poem..thank you for waking me up!


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

The great crime lies between your words here in the worst crime..you are indeed a poet :)


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Stunning imagery with such vivid words. "Forgive them for the know not what they do." He is the light, and where there is light, dark cannot enter. And we know that whatever is done under the cover of darkness, He will bring into the light.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Stolas 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Interesting take on it Faith Reaper, I had not looked at it from that prespective before but I approve. However I think you will find my upcoming poem, "Ode to Darkness" very enlightening ;P


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

I cannot wait to read it. Love your work very much!

God bless you.

In my mind it was not a crime, as He actually placed himself on that cross himself for our sins. He could have stopped it, no doubt! But His love is far beyond anything that we can even comprehend. That divine, agape love, true love for an eternity kind of love!

In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Stolas 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Indeed, the crime I am referring too is the childish obstinate nature of mankind to willing deny the divine nature of God in our lives. Also the inability to responsibly use any sort of power we are given, but rather to excessively flaunt it for pride and vanity. Indeed I am speaking of the secular world as a whole and understand there are individuals that acknowledge and respect all forms of power whether divine or mundane. I hope I don't come off as preachy I just like to discuss my poems XD


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, no way, I love to discuss poems, especially your poems. And, yes, that is indeed a crime dearest Stolas!!! Thanks for sharing and discussing. So true, we are to die to self, and worship the One, not our selfish selves!!! Yes, we are not to conform to this world, as this world is passing away, and it is not our true home, thank goodnes, but we are to love one another for the short time that we are here.

Discuss away my dear new friend.

In His Love Always, Faith Reaper


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Stolas 3 years ago from Midwest Author

Indeed! The wonderful thing about this site is it lets me see my work though the eyes of others. Art is just as just as subjective as it is objective and its wonderful to find different ways to look at things.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Came back to share as I promised :)

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