Fear the Wrath of the Lord

Fear the wrath of the Lord!
The soulless preacher yells.
Lest you be damned and cast down into His eternal hell—
Yea, smitten with the fury of his mighty golden sword.

In flaming paper boats, the piceous Styx you will ford,
Sails strung with clacking bones and screaming, screeching bells.
Fear the wrath of the Lord!
The soulless preacher yells.

His shiny, black shoes pound the boards,
His dark, shifty eyes flash a tell,
While his carefully crafted words cast a spell
Upon the brainwashed zombie hoard.
Fear the wrath of the Lord!
The soulless preacher yells.

©2021 KT Workman

(Note: Originating in French lyrical poetry of the 14th century, a rondel prime poem is a fixed form of verse based on two rhyme sounds and consisting usually of 14 lines divided into three stanzas. The first two lines of the 1st stanza are repeated as the refrain of the 2nd and 3rd stanzas. The meter is open, but usually has eight syllables per line. Rhyme scheme: A-B-b-a, a-b-A-B, a-b-b-a-A-(B)—capital letters represent lines repeated verbatim.)

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KT Workman

KT Workman grew up in the rural South without the benefit of cell phones or the Internet, a time and place that has heavily influenced her writing. To this day, when she puts pen to paper—or fingers to keyboard—nine times out of ten her mind veers south onto that old, familiar road. It goes home. KT resides in Arkansas where she writes a wide variety of gothic and speculative fiction, poetry, and dabbles in watercolor painting and amateur photography.

8 thoughts on “Fear the Wrath of the Lord”

  1. Such rich descriptions put me in the middle of the scene, of sights and sounds — especially the line “Sails strung with clacking bones and screaming, screeching bells.” Like something out of a horror novel … these immediately made me imagine those sounds.

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    1. Thank you, Dave. 🙂 When I was a child, I attended more than a few revivals with my family. I always hated how fear of God was preached more than love of God. Since then, I never have trusted preachers. lol

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  2. I believe you see the dichotomy between the loving God of Christian faith and the wrathful
    God of the Old Testament and the God soulless evangelists preach of. How can there be one God, Triune, loving, and forgiving yet unmoved, unmovable, unchanging and unchangeable when evangelists preach hellfire and damnation because God is angry? Either they preach of another god or God is bipolar. The church fathers hammered out those issues over hundreds of years. Apparently, many evangelists never got the memo.

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    1. I have always had trouble reconciling myself to the two opposing forces of loving and angry. I was raised in a Pentecostal church and, as a small child, it was very confusing for me. Now, I am pretty much an agnostic.

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      1. It’s sad how Christianity is nothing like it was in the first century. Men have had the audacity to define who they think Jesus and God are and have twisted a simple apocolypticist’s message all-around to suit themselves. I think they got it all wrong.

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