Away Into Unknown Sin

All the many passageways

Between truth and something darker

Stretch unbroken across the holy lands

And lead away into unknown sin

Blind justice leads a crusade into the desert

Unwilling to condemn the spirits of sacrifice

The harvest song that floats on measures of moonlight

Broken to the ears of a faithful congregation

Yet only a faint cry over the desert

An echo of the kingdom lost in the sands

Which speaks truth to wandering souls

Who thirst for a glimpse of oasis

And, knowing naught but the endless desert

Seek out the edge of living water

To nourish a seed planted deep within their soul

I won’t lie to you; I really am not sure what I ended up trying to say with this piece. There were many thoughts in my mind as I wrote, and I’m not sure which one ended up coming out on paper.

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14 responses to “Away Into Unknown Sin”

  1. The interesting, and sometimes frightening, thing about birthing a poem and giving it wings is that what it means to the consumer may be different from what it means to
    the one who wrote it. When I read it, my first thought was that the close is so perfectly
    grounded to the title and the truth, and the message for me is a spiritual one that leads the hungering soul out of the desert into the light. Even as I think that, I think of Bob Dylan,
    who probably more than anyone I’ve heard of, has an aversion to someone asking him
    what his lyrics mean. I have seen him snarl a rebuke at such a ‘dire offense’. In my opinion, this poem is a job well done.

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    • Thanks so much! What you said is very true—a hundred people could read the same story and come away with a hundred interpretations of it, and all of them would be valid. I guess maybe meaning shouldn’t be the focus, but rather the feeling it gives?

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  2. Dunno. It seems to me that the thrust wants to be that the true religion people seek eludes their grasp when they try to nail it down with a dogma. IMO the poem argues for mysticism, a direct experience of God and spiritual truth. But it’s only my interpretation, and these are as numerous as there are readers.

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    • Very true. Thanks for offering your interpretation! I’ve always been fascinated with mysticism, and would love to dive more into learning how different groups around the world use it to enhance their connection with whatever entity or god they are trying to embody.


  3. I agree with smzang. I also see it as a spiritual piece one that speaks to the finite. That which speaks but still eludes. I find your work inspiring and thoughtfully wonderful. Great prose. Happy Sabbath. Love 💕 Joni

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