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caught in the prison
of our distorted vocabulary
confined by the steel bars
of dogma and formula
in the straight-jacket of semantic rules
isolated and ignored

the crime was heresy
asking a simple question
not taking their doctrine
at face value
accused of abusing
sacred words
twisting meaning into confusion
not taking heed
of rigid definition
bending syntax and logic
to disclose its own self-delusion

the sentence
a long and deafening
to be ostracized
the most cruel and inhumane
of all human punishments