Thou Shalt do no Murder: Sixth Commandment
What to say about murder? The newspaper where I live, and the internet, tell of murders of various kinds. I am surprised that there are so many murders. It is frightening. This poem is part of the series on the Ten Commandments and says do not murder.
Sixth Command: Do no murder...
by Peter Menkin
Life, like a flame
gives light and burns:
a breath, the Holy Spirit,
gasped and known.
Honor and respect
this special gift, the Lord
says. Be a friend to life.
Blood may cry out, it does,
that murder, foul crime,
has ended life. We call
it awful, sin, evil. So many things
that tell us it is wrong.
For we think,
and know, not like brutes
but as mankind.
Let us cement our relationship
with the Lord, and say to ourselves,
each day: have I snuffed a life,
by giving pain, or stifled a flame?
For murder goes beyond the death;
death in many ways as in
spirit, or self.
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