In the illustration, we see the first stanza of a poem I composed two days ago. Here is the full piece. I pray that it blesses everyone who reads it in Jesus’ name.


Cruelty comes in many forms
A cold stare
When a smile is needed
A sneer
When encouragement is sought
Tongue lashing, public shaming
It need not come to blows
These hurt just as much

Turning others into verbal punching bags
Poking fun at them all the time
Questioning their motives and intelligence
Belittling their efforts and accomplishments
Slashing their self-esteem and confidence
How these make the doer brutal like a beast!

It reduces those who show it
Makes them subhuman
It’s not a strength to gloat on
It’s a strain of an infection
Sin is the name and Christ is the cure

Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016


Scriptural references:

Proverbs 18:21
The tongue can bring death or life….

Romans 7:18
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature….

Romans 7:24-25
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. …

2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV)
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

These scriptures, except the last, are from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible.
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I am a university lecturer. I teach Mass Communication, mostly writing courses like Feature and Interpretative Writing, Magazine Article Writing and News Writing, and let’s just say I’ve been doing this for a long time. As you have probably guessed, I am a born-again Christian.

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36 thoughts on “CRUELTY (POEM)

    • And the blood of Jesus can cleanse the one affected and with salvation comes a new heart, praise God! Nice to hear from you, Ruth!

  1. The ceremonial name ‘cruelty’ codes the evil within the word I think,had I known all those are ‘cruel’,I would have been more like Jesus.

    • Being like Jesus does help us to refrain from cruelty. May your goodness show forth everyday in Jesus’ name.

    • The question is, what do people gain by being cruel, because I have seen none. We pray holy spirit helps us to be upright in all our ways.

  2. You are 100% correct MA, cruelty doesn’t necessarily mean poisoning someone or killings. It has so many tenets and that’s what people fail to realize. Thanks for this nice poem it is really educating

  3. So true. People derive joy and have a sense of triumph over people they public shame. People they make feel less of human beings from comments. We should speak love often and not hate.

  4. Cruelty is just another way of wickness, i dont know how people derive joy in doing so and it doesn’t even pay.

  5. Those who are cruel with their words or in their actions are mere sadists who derive joy in the pains of others. May God replace their burning desire to cause pains to others with brotherly love and concern for others Amen.

  6. I read a quote once that gave an encouragement of tasting ones words before spitting it out. Even the Bible acknowledges the tongue as dangerous. People should be mindful of what they say bearing in mind that words can make or Mar people.

  7. Personally, I believe that cruelty is from the pit of hell, God needs to touch the heart of cruel people to change.

  8. I find it difficult to believe, people can be so cruel, the fact is, it doesn’t start in a day, its a gradual process that diminishes a man, its becomes so bad when these steps can’t be retraced.

  9. Many people have taken this bad attitude as their habit which murders people being humiliated. Therefore, we should learn how to approach people in all ramifications.

  10. There are many things that are worse than killing someone, being cruel is not just killing but also failing to give a helping hand when one is needed, discouraging your friends who want to try new things, etc.
    Cruelty is bad.

  11. Thank you ma for this wonderful poem. Cruelty is a very bad thing and people must not be cruel to their follow human being for enhance cordial relationship to continue.

  12. We can be cruel to people in different ways, some words we say to people are very deadly bullet that pierce them straight in their heart, so we should be very careful with how we talk, react and behave with others.

  13. There’s so much cruelty in the world today. So many people are insulted and downtrodden because of how they appear or their social status. They may think it’s all in jest but it’s cruelty. None of them ever consider how the receiving party feels. It may even lead to suicide. Lovely piece MA.

  14. This just explains what goes out everywhere and anytime. Curelty from other’s has even brought the victims down to a depressed state of mind, making them question themselves like God didn’t do a perfect job. Being strong and believe that you are made perfect,is the key. To support the ending… Sin is indeed the name and Jesus is the cure. Thank you ma for such an informative poem.

  15. Cruelty reduces the one who shows it, but kindness and love makes one beautiful no matter how ugly/disabled you are.

  16. When encouragement is sought
    Tongue lashing, public shaming.This particularly line is very bad and very common. It reduces one’s self esteem and the victim starts hiding in his shell even at that the same cruel people come around and call you an introvert. I just pray God deliver them. Amen

  17. Wow! It’s all here, a ridicule instead of encouragement, a frown instead of a smile, most hurting is public shaming, and people don’t know just how deep the cut gets. Unfortunately, sometimes we are guilty of being cruel not because we want to hurt someone, sometimes unconsciously, it makes us guilty regardless so at this point we must learn to apologize and get things right.

  18. “It is not a strength to gloat on”. It reduces those who show it to ‘sub’ humans. Sin is the name but Christ is it’s cure.
    If we read this poem with depth and understanding, we get to understand that the reverse is the case in our world today. People brag about how much they have sinned and take pride in sinful and shameful acts. Guys brag about the numbers of girls they have slept with and ladies brag about how their attractiveness brings only rich ‘sugar daddies’. Remember humans are not dogs and as such, any behavior that is depicted in likeness of an animal indeed makes one subhuman. And so, I concur with Aunty Edith for Christ is the only cure.

  19. “”Cruelty
    It reduces those who show it
    Makes them subhuman
    It’s not a strength to gloat on
    It’s a strain of an infection
    Sin is the name and Christ is the cure””.. Hmmmm this lines gave me goose bumps….
    Why not give kindness a chance.. It takes absolutely nothing to be kind.

  20. The public shaming aspect of cruelty is really demeaning, it kills morales but all the same, I’ll put on self-confidence in the midst of every one of them all.

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