There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19
And Adam knew his loving Eve,
whose body bore the pain
that grew within when she conceived
the firstborn baby, Cain.
Anon a second son was born,
and Abel was his name;
to Cain he was a fiery thorn
which stoked a jealous flame.
Now Cain was raised to till the soil
and Abel tended sheep;
But God respected Abel's toil,
and not what Cain had reaped.
So Cain led Abel to the field
where once his seed was sown;
upon which now his hands would yield
a harvest of their own.
When God inquired of Abel's fate,
his brother Cain replied:
"Are Abel and I conjugate?"
And God began to chide:
"Cursed thou art above all men!
His blood is on thy hands;
may Earth itself rebuke thee when
thou toilst upon its lands.
Can bloodied hands and blackened heart
make thee become a god?
Thy throne shall be a donkey cart;
thy staff, a dowsing rod.
The hands which stole thy brother's soul,
the heart which took his breath;
shall bear the burden of control
o'er mankind's life and death.
See now what it means to sit,
upon thy Maker's throne;
and tell me, by what holy writ
their deaths canst thou atone?"
Thus God rebuked Man's firstborn son
and placed on him a sign;
both to remind him what he'd done,
and for others to divine.
Then Cain entered the Land of Nod,
east of the garden gates;
with hands that held the curse of God:
the power of the Fates.
And through his fingers mercy bled
upon the tainted sands;
and thus must all of mankind shed
the blood upon their hands.
The crown lies heavy on the head,
too lofty is the throne;
when mortal blood by mortal's shed,
and the dove of peace has flown.
For Man to cleanse His bloodied hands,
we each must make our goal:
To cast our crowns on tainted sands,
and dethrone our haughty souls.
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