My punishment is more than I can bear!
He who finds me will kill me in the open field.
Not so. Your crime, cannot cut short my care;
your head will be, against such vengeance, sealed.
And yet, from the ashes of Eden—length to length—
you will roam the desert spreading east,
but the land will not yield to you its strength
and you will long for a former, future feast.
You will be without land, without table—
twice cursed from the sputtering ground
that has been choked with the blood of Abel—
with blood forced down its throat till it drowned.
your face is hidden both from man and God.
Other Bible stories from Moss Kingdom:
The Cain Series: The Birth of Cain, The Crime of Cain, The Curse of Cain
Old Testament: Some He Bruises, Some He Bleeds: A Sestina on the Covenants, Noah Wakes from a Recurring Nightmare, Abram the Pagan, For the Sake of the Few, The Deception of Jacob, The Unspeakable Name, A Sound of War in the Camp, A Lament for Michal, The Rape of Tamar and the Half-life of Joy, Numbered Numbered Weighed Divided: a Rubaiyat concerning Belshazzar’s doom, Jonah, The Years the Locusts have Consumed
New Testament: What need has He for our Democracy: A poem for Peter during his lapse, Silent Saturday, Does God still have a body?, At Simon’s House
The Letters to the Churches:
Apocalypsis, Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea