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Topic: Astonishment (02/02/12)
TITLE: Betrayal and Forgiveness
By Nancy Bucca
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ADD TO MY FAVORITES
And stained its threads with blood of goat,
To make a noose to gag your guilt
Upon the hangman's peg you built.
I can't perceive such bold deceit
Contrived by sheaves of sifted wheat,
Ten men that dreamed to wreck a life.
Who spiked your scruples with such strife?
It drains my strength and numbs my toes,
Does rock my knees and jolt my nose,
And pounds fresh nails in flesh grown faint,
Afflictions of a wounded saint
Whose nerves are shocked to know you sold
A priceless soul to traders bold.
I gasp to think of silver coins
Thrown in your laps from Ishmael's loins.
How many years the facts you hid,
Avouching not the deed you did,
While I long wept for lack of truth,
Confined in treachery's chains uncouth!
I can't conceive I bought the lie
That pandered to your alibi.
It rocks my heart and blows my mind.
I blink to think I've been so blind.
What oxygen does fail each lung,
From alveoli highly strung.
Those wineskins shaped by well worn grief
Do stretch the bounds of unbelief.
But what amazes me the most
Are not the flaws of which you boast,
Nor yet the light that shocks my head
To find that Joseph isn't dead.
What awes me is God's love so great
That He in mercy would abate
The punishment we all deserve
For choosing from His paths to swerve,
That His own Son He'd sacrifice
To cover every mean device
We've carried out against His name
With jealousy our only aim,
That He such lavish grain would rain
On we who wish his rule and reign,
And in the famine amply feed
Whoever trusts Him with their need.
I can't receive with common sense
The riches of such recompense.
Though otherwise I be admonished,
I am explosively astonished.
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