Reformation 500

A poem to commemorate 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his beliefs to the church door and began the Reformation.

In the beginning

Was the word,

Reformation,

Condemnation

Of corruption, 

nailed for all to see.

Excommunication,

The weapon of the Holy See,

Threat of flame for heresy.
In the beginning

Was the word,

Reformation,

Printed in the common tongue,

Spread from nation to nation,

A king searching for marital bliss

Seized on this,

An answer sublime,

Where church and state combine.
In the beginning,

Was the word,

Painted over ruined images.

Broken beauty,

Ruined churches a plenty

Bloodshed, gore,

Execution,

Persecution, war,

Two tribes set Europe aflame,

All in the Almighty’s name.
In the beginning,

Was the word,

Reformation.

A crusade turned 

Civil war in the name of faith,

Brother against brother

Over divine grace,

One word caused 

Apocalypse,

A new world, Genesis,

Reformation became a bloody revolution.

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