anakani Odatuwa

What Is Sin?


What is sin?
To see a man thirsty and throwing water into the gutters
To see a woman in nakedness and her a clothe
To see a child in tears and smiling to his scorn
To hear the plea of the poor and singing up to the height of the heavens
To see someone in a dark room and putting off your candle-flame
To see a lonely soul and refusing that one the gift of friendship
To see despair in others and building a fence around your own tent
To see a world in need of love and keeping your hands crossed seeing that all are hurt...
Oh this is sin
To have a heart full of anger
To pitch one’s tent close to the course of vengeance
To observe the lines of unforgiveness
To hold on to the ills of another
To pray out the evil of day
To believe in the course of wrath…
This is sin
To be fill of oneself
To see not the good in others
To see all men as the foes against you
To have a vain look at men
To pursue the cause of vanity
To have no value for men
To see the almighty as an imposter
And a father with no heart of life
Outside this gospel I do not know of another meaning for the word sin.

Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 30, 2010

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