Put that stone down and turn your back!

Look a little further within.

Guilt is ubiquitous. It crosses our land.

There is no one you can crucify

To take away your sin.


Stop screaming abuse at your TV,

Condemning the proclivities of celebrity!

They are no different to you, or me.

We know temptation only too well.

Faults you see in others, correct in yourself.

Not everyone can in a temple dwell.

If you never sinned, you are on your own.

Turn back around, then, friend

And throw the first stone!

◄ Whose words are they, anyway?

Alone, in a bar. ►


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John Botterill

Thu 30th Jun 2022 13:01

Thanks for the like, Aisha and K. Lynn 😊

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John Botterill

Wed 29th Jun 2022 09:46

Thanks Stephen, for the lovely comment. Thanks too for the likes Frederick, Nigel, Rose and Bethany. 😀

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Stephen Atkinson

Tue 28th Jun 2022 22:05

A brilliant, truthful write, John! 🌈

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John Botterill

Tue 28th Jun 2022 21:42

Thanks so much to Keith, Julie and Stephen for your kind comments and to Holden for the like. This poem took me by surprise, actually. I hadn't realised I thought this, until I started writing it. It is based around the bible story Keith noted, but it also flows from a feeling that people's vehemence against 'sin' corresponds to how much they are trying to cover up their own culpability, Just a thought...😏

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 28th Jun 2022 21:29

It's a fair point and a fine poem, John, although I suppose there are different degrees of sin. White lie vs Big Lie, for example. But I think we all understand that no one is squeaky clean. Except me, of course!

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julie callaghan

Tue 28th Jun 2022 16:10

Powerful stuff🙏

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keith jeffries

Tue 28th Jun 2022 15:20

John, this excellent poem is almost scriptural in its content which makes it very credible indeed. The last line says it all. If I remember correctly when Christ said these words, as Mary Magdalen was about to be stoned, it was the elderly men who were the first to walk away as they knew their sin.
Thank you for this

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