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The Adulteress – A Poem

on August 3, 2022

The Adulteress

by Dawn Pisturino

“It is the law,” Old Moses cried

A-top the mountain called Sinai;

“And everyone who broke it, died,”

The people in the valley sighed.

“And what of me?” the young girl said,

Shaking her black and tousled head.

“I will not send him from my bed,

Not if the sun becomes blood red!”

She spread her arms as if to fly:

“Not if the moon should leave the sky!

I love him! Strong, yet very shy —

The man whose side I must be by!”

Her husband prayed the whole night through.

“What have I done? What must I do?”

He muttered as the sky turned blue.

The laws were made; they must hold true.

The people gathered with their stones

And broke the young wife’s slender bones.

And when she died with cries and groans,

They turned and heard her husband’s moans.

“The price is paid,” they cried as one.

“The sinful tie has been undone.”

The young man turned, as if to shun,

The righteous crowd whose law had won.


September 18, 1986; August 3, 2022

Copyright 1986-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

30 responses to “The Adulteress – A Poem

  1. aparna12 says:

    Wonderful, marvelous, heart touching poem dealing with an adulteress. It’s a pity that the society is too lenient on a man cheating on his wife because he’s a man and can have as many girlfriends as he likes. This poem touched my heart. Love it, dear Dawn. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

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  2. utahan15 says:

    only in the book
    is sex like we think it looks
    what we never were
    so sexy and demure

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  3. Nitin Lalit says:

    Very heart wrenching poem. As much as theologians defend everything in the Bible, instances where people are stoned for adultery or Jephthah sacrificing his daughter and many others make me question things. Then there’s also the slavery, the mistreatment of women (which you’ve captured here) and more. You’ve fleshed out the narrative, captured the inner emotions and the strict moral code that tore realities apart very well in your poem.

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  4. What a beautiful poem you’ve shared with us Dawn. Well done, with a superb and heartfelt narrative! 👏🏼🥰💖😊✨

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  5. auntyuta says:

    My feelings are, once a wonan has a committed partner, who does not cheat on her, she should not cheat on him either, or talk to him first, that she wants to leave him. In that case, he should let her go and not become violent towards her. Are there not such laws, that when a husband cannot sexually satisfy his wife, she has a right to leave him?

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  6. Fantastic work! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Timothy Price says:

    Poignant piece. I suppose “let he who has no sin be the first to cast a stone” had not been said or else ignored.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. kvbclarke says:

    Acutely descriptive! Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Kirsten says:

    Great write, Dawn. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. balladeer says:

    Very good! I loved this!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. jonicaggiano says:

    I enjoy reading your account of this biblical stoning. What a horrible way to die. It is an excellent piece showing a more personal side to this practice. Nicely done Dawn. Blessings this Sunday!

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  12. Great rhyme and a valuable lesson!

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  13. This reminded me of something I wrote some years back – https://grandfathersky.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/the-harlot/

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