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History of Man
by L. G. Figgins

Monday, June 12, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Written with a heavy heart, for no one is innocent~'cept for children...

Are we are so dismissive
of the plea to love
by any sacred epistle?
So quick to hate
those who are thought
a breed apart?
Are they
isolated from that command
by creed, status or color
as was Christ by Pharasee?
Are they
somehow lesser under God?
Are we so righteous
and rightly determined by pride
thinking we are
somehow superior in God's eye?
Do we transfer OUR sin
to a convenient scapegoat,
slaughtering forgiveness,
rejecting His sacrifice,
the smoke rising offensive
in God's sight?
What sayeth the Word,
we who are so righteously
expounding His truth?
Do we crucify Him again
and again pounding nails
into His pain
denying the love held
for ALL creation?
Are we
unwitting pawns
for the darkness we rebuke?


(c) Linda Gayton 2006

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Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 6/12/2006
So true, we are all guilty save the children, guilty of being misled by all the powers and forces of the world and the heavens because we are too afraid to try to lead ourselves individually. Too afraid to believe in our love alone, The true love that lives within each one of us, that can only barely be touched by another. The joy that nothing, not even death can kill. Yes I believe we are truly pawns, in the saddest sense. Pierre.
Reviewed by A. Santo 6/12/2006
If we judge OURSELVES accordingly then we have no time to judge others. So many people waste their lives with condemnation; never realizing that they are only bringing condemnation on themselves. The Christ was nailed to a tree in innocence; judged and condemned by those who "thought" they were right in doing what they done. The Apostle Paul who penned 2/3rds of the New Testament was a firm believer that he was "doing the right thing" as a service and out of Love for God... that was of course until he ran smack dab into the Son of Light Himself who changed his opinions. Then Saul became Paul and the zealous heart for righteousness was accounted to him.

I hate to be the nay sayer here but some of the reviews forget that the Messiah is quoted in Matthew 5:38 as saying,

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth: BUT I SAY - That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." KJV 1611

I hope this don't start a storm for you but the Word is Eternal whether we agree or not. Much love to you sis, Amira :)
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/12/2006
Are we so righteous
and rightly determined by pride
thinking we are
somehow superior in God's eye?

I think your statement above sums up many of the wars waged by mankind through the ages, and most of them have been fueled by religious zealots, convinced that their religion is the superior one. And I often wonder what God thinks of our utter foolishness.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/12/2006
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/12/2006
You know my feelings on this one...
As the Bible says " An Eye for an Eye...and a Tooth for a Tooth "...
I for one, am not prepared to let an avowed enemy who professes to be following a Holy Jihad, murder, slaughter, rape and pillage my family, friends, and fellow citizens...
I am with Jerry below on this one...
Emotive a subject as it is, we must always follow what feel is the right course of action, with the caveat of the Grace of God...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/12/2006
Questions that theologians and historians have struggled with throughout the ages and still the answers lie in prayer, hope and the desire to keep on trying.Well said in this strong poem.

Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/12/2006
God loves all of mankind...But some of mankind does not love God.. Some think they do, yet their words betray them...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/12/2006
A painful theme, Lin. It cannot be ignored although most would like to. Thank you. Love and peace,

Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/12/2006
well done
Reviewed by Dale Clark 6/12/2006
I think in someways we are unwitting pawns
and isn't it pure foolishness? I like your
theme here Lin.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/12/2006
Amen! A much needed write in the atmosphere of our present culture Lin! Though dark and troubling, it is necessary to use truth when we see so much negativity. We who proclaim to be followers of the one we say is LOVE, have no business to continue to spread hate! Surely we can all fall into the trap when we see some of the situations that breed hate in the world, but we must always return to our sensibilities and spread the love we know is the only way to destroy hatred! We become what we speak...Thank you Lin a fine thoughtful offering!

Love and Harmony,


Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/12/2006
Have not the slightest idea what you are writing about. If it is man's inhumanity to man, then you are right about the rage which fuels the atrocities. If you are speaking of THE WAR, I say that if someone walkes up and plants an overhand right fist on my cheek, I will NOT turn the other one. Good poem to ponder and exploit to whatever our hearts and thoughts think.
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