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R Allen Shoaf
R Allen Shoaf
EROTIC RECKONINGS, my second volume of poetry, can now be purchased from New Plains Press or from Amazon. My third volume, PIED-PIPER PHILOLOGY: LOVE WORDS is now available from Thinker Media: see the link below "Ebooks." I also publish my work at EROTROPE (


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Manichee America

Nov. 19, 2017 6:43 am

Manichee America

“I still thought that it is not we who sin but some other nature that sins within us. It flattered my pride to think that I incurred no guilt and, when I did wrong, not to confess it... I preferred to excuse myself and blame this unknown thing which was in me but was not part of me. The truth, of course, was that it was all my own self, and my own impiety had divided me against myself. My sin was all the more incurable because I did not think myself a sinner.”

St. Augustine, Confessions, Book V, Section 10

Unctuous hypocrites, they pretend to righteousness

Using Digitalia to pose as pious,

Still reaping the gratulations of the rapes

They indulged before, they say, they were “saved.”

The saints long ago smelled out this subterfuge,

That it’s not the will but the flesh that’s weak;

They knew this is the will at its most wicked,

Blaming the flesh innocent of malice

For evils only vanity can conceive.

Behold, then! Manichee America,

Betrayer of the founders who longed for Man

To belong to freedom, no other master,

So the mind of all might welcome Death

Each in his or her spirit of forgiving

The flesh the Earth our Mother bears for us.

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