Pet Murmur is an experiment in Confessional Poetry. Confessional Poetry is a counting book about the 123's, with a confession for each of the 10 Commandments.
The Act of Contrition
As a child, I learned there are some things you must never say, certain sins you can never confess. Some things so forbidden, you will never be forgiven. After that, living is just an act of contrition.
1. No Other Gods
I am the Lord thy God... Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Something happened the summer I was eleven years old. Something bad happened. I can’t say it out loud, but when I close my eyes I can still see the paint, chipped like crushed robin’s eggs, framing the edges of nothing. I hear the key working the bolts into place in the door, smell the dilapidation. Stained plywood walls. Pink-yellow linens. His face. “Look what you did. Look what you made me do.” The muffled sounds of a struggle. Then infinite silence and a darkness where God cannot go.
Afterwards, they took me to Disney World, but I was no longer a child of God.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
4. The Holy Sabbath Day
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
5. Honor Thy Father
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.