A Renunciation

A Renunciation

A Poem by Dominik D. Ravens

A poem depicting the moment I decided to renounce my religious faith.


I became hers.

Sunflower petals were shredded

from her body

when it was believed she lured


a coward child,

like myself, from heaven’s gate.

It was no sin,

so I thought, was I too late?


I sought answers

in her Christ-weary embrace,

only to find

comfort in her lovely face.


I thought, “Oh God!”

Who had I become again?

I had no choice.

She was more than a love-friend.


Her gold Eucharist

lay flatly on her pale chest.

God was silent,

as if his spirit had left.


I thought, “If He,

the so omnipotent Man,

did nothing here,

then perhaps He never can."


I renounced faith

for even more faithful love,

only to watch

her dance in the stars above.

© 2023 Dominik D. Ravens

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Author's Note

Dominik D. Ravens
While I respect those who are religious, this is just part of my experience with religion and how it only made me confused and ashamed of my sexuality for a long time. It made it difficult to accept my love for a certain girl who passed too soon.

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Added on September 8, 2023
Last Updated on September 8, 2023
Tags: love, religion, faith, poetry, poem, childhood love, childhood sweethearts, childhood, beauty, death, separation, loss


Dominik D. Ravens
Dominik D. Ravens

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

I'm an English Literature major looking to share some of my work with the world and gain a bit of experience. I enjoy poetry, fiction, horror, drama, tragedy, and many other genres. I'm hoping to writ.. more..