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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: End (02/13/06)

TITLE: The End of Innocence (i)
By Allen Clupny
02/17/06


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The End of Innocence

I’ve sinned again, though less frequent than before.
I wish that made me feel better…But it doesn’t.
This is a new wound, to bad it’s not my flesh.
It would hurt less and in time, I would forget.

I wanted to subdue it.
I hoped I could.
It has lingered for such a long time…
I remember when it started.

Oh, the end of innocence!
Unbelievable knowledge gained.
Truth that both compelled and repulsed.
Youth unable to comprehend the lost and found.

You’re never told the cost.
The price of foolishness is too strange for the innocent.
Soon it is part of you.
Not just a habit, a spastic appendage.

A thing to be accepted…and rejected.
Again and again…once again.
I wish for innocence.
To be clean and unscarred.

To breathe in unsullied emotional air.
Pine. Yes. That is what I hope to smell one day.
I hope heaven smells like pine.
I wish forgiveness did.

For now though, I am reminded of an end.
The moment when innocence was lost.
And this new wound? To bad it’s not my flesh,
It would hurt less and in time, I would forget.


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Genstacia Bull02/21/06
Darling, we all make mistakes. There is no condemnation! The key is it's less frequent than before keep looking on to Jesus the perfecter of your faith.
Jan Ackerson 02/22/06
This is poignant and beautifully written. I like the reference to pine. One small note: watch out for to / too. A lovely, heartfelt verse.
c clemons02/25/06
I am kind of lost here. You say "too bad it's not my flesh" I am just wondering why it would be better if it was?
Sally Hanan02/27/06
Nice and real. If you want more comments you need to join the message boards and leave some hints on Thursdays:)