• Linda Nygard

Original Sin

Fire licks

the gates of hell

I proceed,

turn and walk away.

No such thing in my book

There is no hell

I say.

Contrary

to the men

pacing the vestibules

of the sacred churches

Flinging

Holy water

At the feet

of the parishioners

that kneel

attempting to blot

the precious fluid.

Begging to be saved

from their sins.

No such thing in my book

There is no sin

I say.

Original Sin

But a joke.

A crime to bestow

that weight

on the infant.

Just because

of the journey

through the birth canal.

No such thing in my book

No original sin

I say.

Faith controls

the masses

Blindly

Attending mass.

Dutifully receiving the host.

Keep them in line

They try.

No such thing in my book

Control me not

I say.



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