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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Haiku Challenge Day #16 ~ Sin

Judging lips spout their condemnation using a bible as their law book.  Hypocrisy lists the sins of others while turning a blind eye to its own. I sat in the pew and sang in the choir dressed in religion. I now cast the first stone at myself for casting stones at others. My heart repentant, I ask forgiveness for believing it was ever my right to be your judge.

stones are the judgment
thrown by hypocrisy’s hands
love, heal the broken


A voice summons the shadow to come to the bed of death. A soul cannot sleep in eternal peace with sin’s bread lying upon its chest. Bony fingers take the bread and lift a glass of wine:

these sins I now eat
they will not enter your grave
peace will be your rest

The term sin-eater refers to a person, who through ritual means, would take on by means of food and drink the sins of a household, often because of a recent death, thus absolving the soul and allowing that person to rest in peace. In the study of folklore sin-eating is considered a form of religious magic.

©Susie Clevenger 2012
29 Days of 29 Haiku
Poetry Prompt: Sin Form: Haibun
The Haiku Challenge


Chèvrefeuille said...

Nicely done Susie. Great story and the haiku ... awesome.

Asni said...

Thank you for your info on sin-eater - I learned something new today. I especially love your first haiku.

Lolamouse said...

Very cool take on the prompt. I never had heard the word sin eater before. Thank you for the education!

⁂ܓVållῐ ⁂ܓ☺ said...

That's really true...There is no peace if we eat sins! Greatly written :)

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Sin-eater, that's a new one on me too!
Well presented!

vivinfrance said...

O Lord, give us the gift to see ourselves as others see us. (Robert Burns)

Grace said...

Thanks for the info on the sin-eater...this is one of your best post...love the haiku set...love, heal the broken ~

Amber said...

Excellent! Hypocrisy is something that almost every human exhibits but doesn't realise it. Nicely done!

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Someone is Special said...

Great take on the prompt.. Thanks for sharing the info with us..

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

These are some powerful images; you have wrestled with the prompt well.

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