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Scarlet Letters

She wore the scarlet letter
On her chest for all to see
She was a fallen woman
Accused of adultery
She wore that cursed letter
Emblazoned there on her chest
It proved to the world around
She was less than all the rest
In her arms she held her child
The sweet fruit of her disgrace
A product of her passion
Spoilt, but with an angel face
He kept safe in the shadows
A tortured tormented soul
He longed to be united...
To be with them and be whole
She looked down when she passed him
Their secret buried inside
For he was the town’s young priest
To no one could she confide
That letter stood to witness
It convicted her of shame
She was a sordid woman
SHE was to carry the blame
We all have scarlet letters
Unseen to the human eye
If not an A, some other
To deny this is a lie
We all are fallen sinners
Yet unwilling to confess
We act holy and righteous
Our hearts are a wretched mess
Lust, gluttony and envy
Greed, violence, hate and more
Are safely all tucked away
They hide behind the closed door
You may think you are sinless
Others your guilt may not see
Yet a voice in you whispers...
"That scarlet woman is me!"
God sees the scarlet letters
That mark each and every one
He covers us with His robe
The righteousness of His SON
So do not feel dejected
Nor hang your head in disgrace
He sees and loves each sinner
Let His grace light up your face.

Copyright © Eileen Manassian

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 11:47:00 PM
    Very nice poem,,,,, did you watch The Scarlet Letter 1995, with Dimi Moore & Gary Oldman ;}

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 5:54:00 AM
    Thank God for His grace!! Very well written poem which I enjoyed reading! God bless, Jim

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 11/5/2012 12:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jim, thanks for posting! I'm glad you enjoyed the poem! May God bless you today in a special way! :)
  1. Date: 11/2/2012 1:02:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your poetry with us today I have enjoyed reading it. Have a great weekend Eileen. Love, Carol

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 11/5/2012 12:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Carol! I appreciate hearing from you! My weekend was nice and relaxing. Hope you had a good one too! :)
  1. Date: 11/2/2012 10:12:00 AM
    Nicely done, Eileen. Great rhyme and rhythmn. Good summation of a terrific story and then great transition into a moral for all to consider. You might want to check the 2nd line in the third stanza from the bottom - I think the word "you" should be "your" - I might be mistaken. Terrific poem, thanks for sharing.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 11/2/2012 11:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    WOW! Thanks ever so much, Joe! I will edit that right away! feel free to give me constructive criticism as well! :) Thanks for caring enough to point this out to me! Have a great day! :)
  1. Date: 11/2/2012 9:15:00 AM
    Very good. It started as a synopsis of the "Scarlet Letter" and you wove it into a sermon.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 11/2/2012 9:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Jon. It is easy to be judgmental. We often feel secure because some of our weaknesses are "hidden", but we are all in the same boat and in need of a Savior! :) have a good day!