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    Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    We are marooned
    In muddle,
    In purgatory
    Between heaven and hell.
    We,
    Pronounced impure by prelates,
    Pressured into purgatory
    To peel off impurity
    And proceed to paradise.
    We remain
    Prisoners of purgatory.
    Unholy hirelings
    Holding holy writs
    Harangued and harassed,
    We handed our inheritance,
    Honour
    To hegemony.
    Our hallowed pulpits,
    Defiled dignity prostrate
    To pretentious prelates.
    The gods grieve,
    Ancestors agonize
    At the precinct of purgatory.

    By Chidi Anthony Opara



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    Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    Good stuff; though one would deem you are forced in to purgatory by your own views.
    Interesting and well written.

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    Just thought, did you write God without a capitol G on purpose?

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    I read it from beginning to end. I can't usually manage that with your poems. But I kind of like that one. It would sound better than it reads.

    Well done. And posted in the correct forum!

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    As I understand it, the author speaks not of a spiritual purgatory, but of an earthly purgatory. Prelates have no power to send anyone to a spiritual purgatory. However, they do have the power to excommunicate those who transgress biblical precepts, and whom they deem solidly unrepentant. I think the author speaks of some particular sin, say homsexuality or whatever, which the Bible condemns, but society says is OK; that is who "we" is, and the author is part of that group, whatever it may be. I think the author thinks the prelates somehow unreasonable and unfit to pronounce such condemnation since they themselves are sinful, and that they grieve whatever gods the author believes in, and cause his relatives (ancestors) agony.

    I think the poem very good indeed, but I disagree strongly with its premise and think it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of God and the church and places blame squarely in the wrong place. Not much I could say to improve the poem, but a great deal I could say to commend God to the author.

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    ‘but a great deal I could say to commend God to the author.’

    I thought he liked science fiction?

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    Is Zeblon Zeus and Chidi Anthony Opara the same person?

    *_*

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    Kitty, do you care?

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    Re: Prisoners of Purgatory (poem)

    Oh, ever so much!

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