Thursday, May 1, 2014


Photo of The Stoning (Woman Caught in Adultery) (2007), 
by Jack Baumgartner, 

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said, ‘I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.’” –John 8:10-11


The crowd gathers
I’m naked and alone
Fists full of stones
Rotten to my bones

Sand sketches—judgment
Guilt and shame
Bends the soul and stretches
I am to blame

Cast the first stone
Is this why you came?
To end a sinner
An adulterer by name

Arms raise
In condemnation
In self righteous exaltation
And prideful praise 

The shadows loom
Head hung low, the hair veils
The shadow, the judgment,
The sure doom

Those who seek justice
Comfort in the law
They are the judge and jury
In themselves they find no fault at all

From the first sinner to the last,
No stones are cast
They fall to the ground and fade
You spoke grace. You wrote, “paid.”

© February 7, 2014, Robbie Pruitt