The Scarlet Letter

ShameScarlet Letter

“Adulterer!” screams the scarlet letter,

The peace of the town the word doth shatter,

Whisper’s run through the gathered crowd,

“Who is her partner?” they wonder aloud,

And as they whisper, alone she stands,

Her newborn baby in her hands,

She stands alone in the center of strife,

A marble statue, devoid of life,

Facing the townsfolk and their stares,

Descending the steps to further glares,

From those to whom she’d be better off dead,

Shame turns her face bright red,

Pride turns it white again,

The “A” on the chest of Hester Prynne,

A reminder forever of her sin.

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CW6

The Valiant KnightCW6-The Cross

An allegory of the cruxifiction and resurrection of Christ

Once there was a valiant knight,

Always clad in naught but white,

Forever doing what was right,

Champion of the needy and poor,

Never did he ask anymore,

Than to help those others did ignore.

One day, a dark plot he beheld,

For in that room a traitor was to tell,

All the knight’s secrets he was to sell,

Secretly, like a thief in the night,

For they wanted to douse the bright light,

That was the valiant white clad knight.

Driven by their jealousy,

They hung him on a tree,

They nailed him up on Calvary,

He died that day, to pay the price,

For his death alone would suffice;

Only he could drink of the chalice.

Three days they bitterly mourned for him,

But do not lose hope, he rose again,

All to fulfill what was set for him.

CW2

Our Need for God’s Great Forgiveness

This poem is written in a terza rima format (ABA, BCB, CDC, etc.). I used alternating synonyms and antonyms to compare and contrast God’s forgiveness and our need for His forgiveness.

Clearing our debt, for sinners we are,

Constant is our sin for which we cannot atone,

Constant is the forgiveness the Lord does offer!

How could I deserve the mercy He has shown?

How, when even one sin convicts me, and I appear as if black?

He pardons me and allows me to approach the throne!

Redeemed by His blood, He buys me back,

Retrieving me from everlasting judgment,

Releasing me, despite the perfection I lack.

Infinite, unfailing is His love, to my amazement,

I should be reviled for the sin I once served,

Instead He grants me atonement!

Singular is the clemency I have observed,

Since I ought to be punished for my sin,

Sparing me, much more than I ever deserved.

The Lord has freed me from the wages of my sin,

Though I merit no less than eternal condemnation,

The Lord, by grace, treats me as pure again.

Incredible amnesty without condition,

I am no longer doomed by my disobedience,

I have been exonerated from my imperfection.

Now I have been acquitted from my incompetence,

Never again will I worry about my blame,

Never ending is the forgiveness of my Savior, who is my defense!

Enduring the weight of imputation, He shoulders my shame,

Even though my guilt should cast me from His sight,

Everlasting life with Him, through His compassion, I now can claim!

Disgraced by my sins, I am now liberated by the Light

Defiled no longer through His perfect love,

Dire was my need for acquittal, but now I have no sin to fight.

Under the new covenant, I have been remitted by the One above,

Unbearable was the verdict my sins placed upon me

Until my eternal punishment He did absolve!

Now His love has set me free!

No longer does judgment keep me from His access

No, my acquittal He did guarantee!

New again, remade in His likeness,

No longer does my guilt keep me from His presence,

None can contest their need for forgiveness.