Thou Shalt Not Kill

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    Poem Commentary

    This poem was inspired by the very talented Dahlusion. After I read his last poem which really had a lot of impact and gave me a lot of food for thought, I remembered a recent bible study on the ten commandments. We decided that we could murder with our tongues. This is a fictitious scenario that I hope never happens.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill

    Thou Shalt not kill

    My Viper’s tongue was the weapon

    I used it a lot that first day

    I told them her husband was cheating

    I saw he was up to foul play


    I swore them all to secrecy

    Made them promise not to tell

    I hurried away with my gossip

    And rang the next neighbor’s bell


    I had barely sat down for coffee

    Eager to deliver my news

    When with a smug and all knowing grin

    She told me that man had ignited a fuse


    Oh girl, ain’t you heard what happened?

    She caught him at home in their bed

    Doing all sorts of things with that slut

    She pulled the trigger and the shot pierced his head


    Now that was the wrong information?

    I‘d never heard that before

    He was cheating, I‘d seen it all right

    Had he not kissed the pig at her door?


    I had seen his look of tenderness

    As he kissed the woman that night

    I couldn’t wait to tell everyone what I’d witnessed

    And bring all his sins to the light


    My next door neighbor should hear this

    She says gossip is the spreading of lies

    She doesn’t know her best friends very well

    Oh she will be very surprised


    My neighbor was waiting at my house

    With a couple of candles in hand

    “Come let us start a prayer vigil

    There’s so much I don’t understand “


    We walked to the new house of death

    I had nothing to say on the way

    She told me the story, the true one

    Saying between us the story must stay


    Seems the woman he had driven home

    Turned out to be his old Aunt

    I had corrupted an innocent scene

    And was too cowardly to recant


    She explained that they’d heard the false gossip

    His wife accepted and believed all she heard

    He’d cheated before and promised to change

    But apparently had not kept his word


    She aimed his service revolver

    As he pleaded for her to be sane

    This poor creature was out of control

    She shot him to end all her pain


    She didn’t think of the kids or their marriage

    Or of the love in their beautiful house

    All she thought was that he was cheating again

    A second time betrayed by her spouse


    I listened in horror as she told me

    Knowing I had first started the lie

    She could be sure I’d keep these facts between us

    Because of me a man died


    It was I who committed this murder

    With every careless word that I said

    I destroyed a family’s life with my tongue

    With the vicious rumor I spread



    C.M. Lestrade©March 06,2010

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    slimgoodwoody commented on Thou Shalt Not Kill

    08-21-2013

    The unimaginable power of our words. Loose lips pull triggers too. Great tale!

    freemansvoice commented on Thou Shalt Not Kill

    08-20-2013

    A lot of ships have been sunk for less.'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

    ccslim commented on Thou Shalt Not Kill

    04-10-2011

    A wonderful subject broke apart in pieces that reflects the folly of gossip and consequences. All around a great write!

    dancinghawk commented on Thou Shalt Not Kill

    04-09-2011

    powerful stuff, cmlestrade ... nice work ... a fine meter throughout, disciplined in your form, and a clear telling of a truly horrifying circumstance ... forgiveness is essential, as it allows us to believe we truly are the light ... and express it ... and explore more satisfying ways of being ... thank you for this awesome share, Darlin' ... -dh

    1990lh commented on Thou Shalt Not Kill

    04-07-2011

    wow this was one of the best poems i've read in a long time. i couldnt stop reafing into the end you held my complete attention. and it is a great cautionary tail as well.

    Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

    cmlestrade’s Poems (24)

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    Thou Shalt Not Kill 20
    POLICE BRUTALITY. 11
    WHEN BELLSNICKLE COMES FOR CHRISTMAS 10
    A LAST GOODBYE 15
    A VISIT TO CANDY LAND 14
    TIME TO SOAR 17
    IN THE TWINKLING OF HIS EYE 18
    OUR WALK THROUGH THE LABYRNTH 18
    IM DOING ALL I CAN 15
    COME WALK WITH ME 12
    WHAT ELSE CAN I DO??? 11
    WHEN HE COMES 7
    LOVERS EVE 8
    HELLO MR. SCRATCH 17
    THE LORD CALLED AND THEN I CAME 11
    The TEMPTATIONS OF BELIAL 5
    PRAYER WARRIOR 12
    I AM HUNGRY WHAT CAN I HAVE? 18
    A MEETING WITH THE PRINCE 12
    WHY BRIDEZILLA WHY 6
    LOOK OUT FOR THE DEVIL 21
    I'M STILL THERE 17
    The Crimson Sands Of War 19
    One And The Same 20