Vestiges of Superstition


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Worship is a travesty when the truth beomces a lie.

Vestiges of Superstition

Every time it rains down in May, the little lilacs weep

More than that I cannot say, I’ve sworn their secrets keep

Misbegotten dandeliions, strew gold the greening lawn

But there is no brighter blazing wrath, than the vestiges of dawn.


Is it no wonder flowers cry, surrendered ‘neath the gray?

When every blooming one of them, seek a sun filled day.

Take me to their gentle buds, to manipulate their trust

Just let me taste their tender tears, to swallow in my lust


I am no saving Capricorn, but a lost rampaging bull

When offered mistletoe at last, I drained the healing full

Then let such bathos have its cry, some trivial stale sorrow,

For the living know that they shall die, the dead, perchance tomorrow.


Superstitious then, to plant the plant, and fertilize youth’s garden,

So when untimely buds enchant, they have to beg their pardon,

Some cannot wait at heaven’s gate, but flirt with fires of hell,

Yet, come some Sunday, they’ll relate, “God doeth all things well.”

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ginga commented on Vestiges of Superstition


Harver, Somehow all I can think of is Rapuccini's daughter in her pent up walled garden breathing out her poisonous venom. I beg of you did you think that too? ginga



You honor me a bit too highly, as I had to check on this work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Seeing the interplay between the read and memory is an interesting insight, though. Honestly, I had not thought of dwelling on the whole original sin issue. It was more a psychological observataion of how many superstitiously buy into the forms of religion without letting any moral transformation take place. No wonder religion gets short shrift. The garden metaphor refers to domesstic crime similar to that of Hawthorne's story. Thank you for such a perceptive critique. Harv

Hampton commented on Vestiges of Superstition


Another interesting write Harver. Religion as practiced by those that seek control rather than the salvation of our souls is always suspect.



I am appalled by duplcity and the abuse of positions of power, especially under the guise of a faith-based organization. Harv

Poetry is what is lost in translation.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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