Murder and God

by Max Bouillet

"One murder makes a villain, millions a hero."
--Beilby Porteus

He leans in close and
picks pieces of her soul
from between his teeth
with splinters
ripped from an old rugged cross.

His shadow erases
her existence.

her murderer’s silhouette
provides a momentary respite
from the glaring eye of God
and she revels in her killer’s
rebellion against the Almighty
even as she is a victim of it.

the confusion between
the silhouette of a murderer
and a savior can be counted
in the degrees of gray
leading to black.


Posted on 01/20/2005
Copyright © 2022 Max Bouillet

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Marjorie Anne Reagan on 01/20/05 at 05:27 AM

This brings to mind a thin line between love and hate. Profound, love the contrasts. Excellent work!

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 01/20/05 at 02:07 PM

damn max... brutal stark reality... black and blue in your face of faith... the kicker, and it's a good one... is the truth behind the words... are you ever going to write anything i don't like?... this one is going to weigh on my mind today... excellent... blessings...

Posted by Graeme Fielden on 01/21/05 at 12:27 AM

Powerful, dark and deep...Nice to see you writing again, my friend :)

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 01/21/05 at 05:39 AM

I really enjoyed the vertical energy of the piece, and the ending is just as starkly powerful as the stabbing of the opening stanza in its own intellectual way.

Posted by Christina Bruno on 01/22/05 at 11:03 PM

wow. max you are the man. the poem is dark but deep...it's very poe...not the writing style but the theme...i love it

Posted by Maryellen Lebeda-Parra on 01/24/05 at 06:25 AM

absolutely wonderful as always

Posted by Indigo Tempesta on 01/26/05 at 04:48 PM

max, you have such a stark, gruesome way of depicting the beauty of life through its ambivalence. thank you for this. i will mull it over and come back.

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