The Tree of Evil

The greatest gift
is the gift of forgiveness
for the unforgivable sin.

Receive then from me
this beneficence today—
the gift of my mercy.

I have taken from your shoulders
the burden of guilt.
Go on your way now.

See!—the cities of Satan
where the evil tree Zaqqum
offers its bitter fruit

to the lost. Spare a thought, friend,
for those who fester in chains
at the foot of the tree, gorging

the devilheaded fruits—
the fruits that feed
the appetite for more evil.

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