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Hypocritical Piety

Pious passion with pearl like luster
Panoply paint in deviant cluster
Projecting devout sacred morals
Wearing crowns of thorny laurels

Preaching forth with self righteous scorn
Scrawled on parchment fully worn
Those pagan heathens they perceive
Who don’t condone what they believe

Perplexed by such pathetic woes
Least the truth be so exposed
A patchwork of divine confusion
Unfounded values in perfusion

Peripheral motives, hidden lies
Unhallowed spirits in holy guise
Hypocrites with tarnished goals
Believing they’re the chosen souls  

Copyright © Marilyn Clarke | Year Posted 2012


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  1. Date: 2/8/2016 1:23:00 PM

  1. Date: 10/4/2012 1:33:00 PM

    Very powerfull write though I am unsure who the hypocrits are [perhaps all fanatics?] Your form is a suncategory of Rhyme called COUPLET because your rhyming end words are grouped in 2's you might concider putting a line break between every 2 lines. Wonderful use of meter for emphasis too! Light & Love
  1. Date: 10/4/2012 10:21:00 AM

    I wholeheartedly agree with this poem's message. The last stanza wraps-up the theme in strong fashion. I also enjoyed the good use of alliteration. I noticed that you labeled this poem as "I do not know" -- if you wanted to, you could easily label this poem as: Quatrain, or simply as: Rhyme.