Relative : Imperative

Silence for the sinner
in a world
of perfection.

Silence for the saint
in a world
full of sin.

None are righteous,
no, not one.

But all have voice
in the ears of God.

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Fyodor

Thank you,
Dostoyevsky,
for showing us
the darker side,

all the things
that lurk in the shadows
of every city

and every heart.

Thank you
for writing out
the dirt and grime
that stains every face

that we may look
upon our own
grime-streaked faces

in fear and trembling

and come away
knowing
the fearlessness
you’ve shown.