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Altar of Stone

A. W. Nutter

The lump grew larger in my throat
As I stared down the darkened path
The safety of home seemed remote
Was I going to feel the elders wrath

Two steps away from hell on earth
Tempted to flee into the unknown
Echoing screams haunted my birth
Emitting from the altar of stone

Wandering alone is a sinful violation
Never should have left the encampment
A blood sacrifice needed for atonement
To purge the sin from the congregation

Running steadily through the woods
Had the priests noticed my absence
Pulled from the path by men in hoods
Paralyzed by their sudden appearance

Clothing torn away by their rough hands
Secured to the stone, they ring the bell
Sheep following the religious commands
Mindless fanatics, under the priests spell

Eyes of the flock looking on in disgust
Sentence passed, I'll be disemboweled
The knife begins its downward thrust
As I cry out for mercy from the crowd

Blood sprays across my supine form
As the priests head falls to the ground
The executioner now dead and deformed
My legs and arms were quickly unbound

Harm this boy you will feel my blade
An innocent child, you'll leave him alone
Your King declares blood payment made
Removing my sins, saving me from the stone

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010




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Date: 1/25/2013 10:05:00 AM
an oldie of yours Anthony... i really like your poetry,, yes you've been throught the mill so to speak,, but your poetry speaks volumes to me and i bet many others here on soup...need to get that mind and the pen active again....so i can delve within your poetry....
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Date: 8/16/2012 10:19:00 AM
another excellent composition my friend anthony..congrats!! **Mary**
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Date: 9/1/2010 10:09:00 AM
ghastly tale...like it a lot read "false prophet"
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Date: 6/16/2010 1:32:00 PM
holy cow!!! AW!!! saved by the bell!!!! hooorayyy!!!! jimbo
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Date: 6/9/2010 7:35:00 PM
What a very gripping write, Anthony! Really enjoyed this, made me feel like I was there myself and feeling all that tension---sending you soupmail after this :)--nikko :)
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Date: 6/7/2010 7:53:00 PM
You don't post often enough, Anthony, but when you do you always deliver a masterpiece. The statements you make on religion and the mindless fanatics really create a compelling story. Awesome work! Love, Carolyn
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Date: 6/5/2010 5:18:00 PM
Thank you for sharing you poetry with us Anthony. I enjoyed reading it this afternoon. Hope you have a wonderful weekend running over with inspiration. Love, Carol
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Date: 6/5/2010 9:43:00 AM
The beginning made me feel as if i was walking through that - walk of the ultimate judgment , i really got a good view of this poem, very much pleased to have read, =(^.^)=Royal *** and thank you for your comment on my write, "Drunk Enough:)"***
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Date: 6/5/2010 8:32:00 AM
A very interesting write. I enjoyed it
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