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Silence Sinner
by Dawn Richerson
Monday, April 05, 2004
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Silence, sinner,
not a word.
            We must
shut you up
out of sight
out of mind,
out of reach,
out of the way.
No more pleas
for mercy.
Silence sinner,
we won’t listen.

Grace is for those
in the right, 
            those who
repent wrong,
who speak in
tone if and when
spoken to,
walk straight lines,
veer not from
proscribed path
of public shame.

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Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 4/13/2004
Well done, Dawn.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 4/5/2004
Aren't we lucky that God didn't say these
words but forgave us every one who repented..
powerful stuff here Dawn..floria
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 4/5/2004
Note to Vicky & others - this one is written from the pov / voice of the one doing the condemning of the "sinner" even as the "sinner" is refusing to live by "proscribed path..." (i.e. wear the scarlet "A" etc.). yep i do see a difference and when I find myself in the position of the "sinner" (which, of course, I have) I try to focus on responsibility. Sometimes that means owning a mistake, misjudgment. Other times, it means being willing to stand my ground in grace that would be denied me by my accusers but which God provides enough for the day. However, those who would persist in pouring out shame - accepted or not - do damage that spreads far beyond the "sinner" in question... that contamination brought on by a need to control others and stand in judgment can, I believe, prevent others who witness such acts from learning of the grace they so need in their lives. Long story behind this. Writing a book. Check back here in about a year or two. :) Glad to hear others' thoughts.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/5/2004
Excellent write,Dawn, I agree with Vicky
it is a piece for discussion;-)
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/5/2004
Wow..powerful and deep, I liked this,

Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 4/5/2004
Hi Dawn,
Thanks for visiting "Hopi" Two questions -- where or by what
is the proscribed path of public shame determined? And do you see a distinction between guilt which is degenerative to spirit, and
acceptance of personal responsibility for the consequences of free will, which builds character and faith? Excellent piece for discussion. Vicky
Reviewed by Mocha Sistah 4/5/2004
nice, short, concise but very powerful words. and very focused! keep the flow.

- Pam
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