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STRANGLEHOLD

Sins like putrid specters resurrected
To be tried by the Cadaver Synod* in Rome. 
Regurgitating slights imagined or real, 
And embellished upon beyond all recognition, 
Not needing to keep to the facts of the matter. 
Guilt-tripping others become a part of our lives. 
Like the decomposing body of Pope Formosus 
Even in death, they are not spared the consequences; 
However well-intended their actions might have been. 
Our insatiable need for revenge results in 
Living the lie of the ultimate retribution; 
Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell† is a testimony to this.

GLOSSARY

*The Cadaver Synod (also called the Cadaver Trial; Latin: Synodus Horrenda) is the name commonly given to the posthumous ecclesiastical trial of Pope Formosus, held in the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome during January 897. The trial was conducted by Pope Stephen VI, the successor to Formosus' successor, Pope Boniface VI. Stephen had Formosus' corpse exhumed and brought to the papal court for judgment. He accused Formosus of perjury and of having acceded to the papacy illegally. At the end of the trial, Formosus was pronounced guilty and his papacy retroactively declared null.

†The Divine Comedy (Italian: Divina Commedia) is a long Italian narrative poem by Dante Alighieri, begun c. 1308 and completed in 1320, a year before his death in 1321. It is widely considered to be the pre-eminent work in Italian literature and one of the greatest works of world literature.

stranglehold: 1. (chocking wrestling hold) in wrestling, an illegal hold that chokes an opponent.  2. (complete power) power over something or somebody that is complete and prevents any movement or change.

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Date: 8/30/2019 11:55:00 PM
Wow this is dark but so well written Suzette. I think he will really like this one. xxoo
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Suzette Richards
Date: 8/31/2019 12:23:00 AM
Thanks for reading, Connie. Yes, sometimes I "go to the other side" with my thoughts and, therefore, my poetry. Luckily, not too often. The content was written to reflect the title (as per the contest sponsor's examples of titles). Regards, Su
Date: 8/27/2019 7:35:00 AM
Suzette, provocative piece! How quickly the evil rites of the Babylonian Mystery Cults were sacrilized as holy practices by the church.
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Suzette Richards
Date: 8/27/2019 7:40:00 AM
So True!