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Sinner’s Soirée At The Bottom Of The Ocean

it is a fickle thing,
that which ties us to
large millstones then
casts us into the Sea.

we plunge, headlong
into black waters where
scamps and reprobates
descended long before.

hoping for a midnight lark
with friends near and far
on the rippled sands
of the inhumed sea bed.

when i finally hit the bottom,
who will come to my
side and cut loose this
heavy weight?

so that i too can frolic on the Ocean floor,
with all the Sinners in their Ribald Soirée.

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“If anyone causes one of these little ones
—those who believe in me—to stumble,
it would be better for them to have a
large millstone hung around their neck
and to be drowned in the depths of the sea”

~ The Gospel According To Matthew, Chapter 18, Verse 6.

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19 thoughts on “Sinner’s Soirée At The Bottom Of The Ocean

  1. Sonny says:

    One of the scariest warnings of scripture I think… “if anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble…” That scripture was a prominent part of my religious upbringing. Be careful what you do– especially you– be careful that you don’t lead someone down the wrong path. Be careful not to forget that ‘they’ are watching you.

    I find it interesting that here, the millstone has indeed sunk you into that metaphorical sea and yet, when you ask that the millstone be cut away, it isn’t so that you can bob to the surface and bask in the light of lessons learned. Instead, the millstone has been your transportation to that dark ocean floor– to the soiree of sinners. When cut free, you prefer to stay and frolic with like-minded souls.

  2. Sonny says:

    ok… so I’m not sure this is the place to argue with you about this but… I disagree that God has such tight redemptive boundaries. He does, in scripture, refer to those who can step beyond the grace of salvation– but this scripture in Matthew? I don’t know. I’m not sure you’re finished should you find yourself the one who leads little ones astray.

    • I think too that there is a little bit of exasperation in this poem. Like someone who is simply tired of the struggle between what he knows is good and right and what he wants to do – good or bad be damned.

      • Sonny says:

        To believe that one is damned– beyond redemption– does, in a way, free the soul to party. It’s a what-the-hell-I’m-screwed-anyway approach. It’s also weak-spirited.

        Think of this– there’s alot we can assume about an individual who has the ability to lead others astray. Among other things, we can assume that the person is gifted in some way. Talented. Blessed. A possessor of something greater than your average Joe. Perhaps this is why there is so much damnation in Matthew’s scripture. Not only have little ones– or the innocent– been taken in the wrong direction but the ‘leaders’ gifts have been misused. Wasted.

        I appreciate your thought about the struggle between good and evil. I wonder too if those who are the most gifted are not also the ones who struggle most deeply with their darkness. To him who is given much, much is expected.

        It would be easy to believe that God has such narrow redemptive boundaries. We wish He did– it lets us off the hook when we screw up. It lets us drown when deep down we know we should be fighting our way back to the surface.

  3. “It would be easy to believe that God has such narrow redemptive boundaries.”

    I don’t believe that this passage implies any sort of narrow redemptive boundaries – nor does it refer to everyone and every situation. But when Jesus says that a certain group of people would have been better off if they’d just drown in the bottom of the ocean mafia style, my ears perk up. This is also mentioned in 3 out of the 4 gospels. It’s important. Is it the end all end all for all people? Absolutely not, I never implied anything of the sort. But for this poor soul in the poem, he has accepted his end and his miserable state. Perhaps much like these people:

    Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:28-32

    I don’t really care what modern doctrine teaches us or how preachers want us to leave services feeling pumped up and feelin good. That’s all just bullshit. But you’ll never hear me call scripture…just bullshit.

    Heck, “they invent new ways of doing evil.” I love that. It’s like God up there going, “Aw damnit, i NEVER thought they’d come up with that! Pervs! Lightning Bolt Power!”

  4. oh man, what’s this you say….. we know so well the darkness within ourselves that exists… a thousand scriptures have i hidden in my heart…. i can comprehend the struggle…

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