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The Abomination

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The Abomination

The Abomination 

By Elton Camp

“Abomination! Abomination!” the preacher stormed
“A child of hell is all such a one will ever be!
It’s a choice one makes to serve the evil Satan.”
“Amens” rang out from the congregation

Young Jody dropped his head and diverted his eyes
Could it be that they somehow knew, he wondered
Was the sermon written and delivered just for him?
The horrible secret was too much for him to bear

It wasn’t something he had asked for or wanted
And why it had to be him he couldn’t understand
Life had been happy and he had fit right in 
Raging hormones had awakened his deep shame

He began to feel desires he never knew existed
The boys’ bawdy talk held, for him, no allure
They must be concealed no matter what it took
Jody could never share his feelings with anyone

Inexplicably, the other youngsters seemed to know
“What makes you want to be a fag?” they demanded
Angry denials were the only course open to him
How much he detested their sneers and words!

Jody was in the seventh grade, but his life was over
Those who had once been friends shunned him now
He found his father’s pistol in the desk drawer
A searing pain and his disgrace existed no more

(This is not an endorsement of homosexuality, but a call for 
 understanding for those in a dilemma not of their making.)


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