Monday, March 13, 2017


SONNET #3: ABEL (Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 11:4)
By David Palmer
8-December, 2005
Maple Valley, Washington

Repose richly rewarded faithful servant
Your final thought God-centered, bringing praise
For the Lamb-bridged guilt spanned, hands now raise
In majestic surrender to Love.  He plants
His knife cowardly, stabbed in your back; rants
Meaningless denials of guilt, so crazed
His jealous rejection of Redeeming Grace;
Dares God’s curse, marked man; for love, ever pants.
   Blood soaks the ground now, a mute testimony
   To the ages, which man must never deny;
   For this space now proclaims your message, to cry
   “Father forgive, forget his offense!  Holy
   Love now reach out to my wandering brother.
   Let sacrifice nail conviction asunder.”

(C) 2005, 2017 David W. Palmer

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