They grabbed me roughly,
cried, “Stone the adulteress!”
But the kind man said,
“Cast blame only if blameless.”
Silent, they let me go free.
I participated in a poetry workshop in the middle of the term. I was sick of doing nothing besides studying, and joined it although it clashed with my physics lecture. But as it turns out, skipping the lecture and studying on my own was the right decision to make. And I learnt quite a bit from Jay Bernard, the new writer-in-residence. This is one of the poems I did for her workshop. It’s a tanka, a variation that originated in Japan, which follows a 5-7-5-7-7 structure. Some can probably tell that this is a reference to when Jesus extended his mercy to an adulterous woman who was about to be stoned by the Pharisees: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”