Author’s note: This is the final poem, the final prayer, of the suicidal character Bill Avery in my short story “Justice,” published on this blog February 1 of 2015. I just re-read the story, and though some of its content is crude, I think it holds up, whether considered a parable or not. It has a decent twist at the end. God grant me… strength. Peace unto you this Christmas Season. A.S.
FOR THE joyous and final sin my Lord,
For every one that came before,
For failing as a father,
For failing as a son,
For failing each and every one,
For being a fool when opportunity was bountiful,