The Myth of Mary Magdalene

Too long, the church men
have labeled, libeled
your name with
ill repute for easy effect
from misplaced envy
or misogynistic bent

Every sinister whisper
of the alliteration
creates cringe
or salacious sneer.
Verily, the anti-virgin
revolting and revealing

embarrassing, cautionary
tale to all womankind–
our sex-selected saint–
a repeated reminder
of how far we fall
and belittled we be

Unjustly blamed though
conceivably named
by pontiff first–
thereafter, by all–
the symbol of
the deadly sins

But the Bible gospels
find you faithful
to His end, last to
leave His cross,
first blessed by
His resurrected form

That is written–
yet you are
known by slander.
Much easier
to believe the bad
than celebrate the good.

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