A Sinful Woman

A Sinful Woman

Labeled.  Shunned.

     Stripped of self-worth;

     Lonely and hurt,

     She begged from her heart.

Judged.  Condemned.

     By fellow men;

     Defined by her sins,

     She came to repent.

Cheap.  Broken.

     Surrendered her dignity;

     There at His feet,

     She began to weep.

Saved.  Grateful.

     Despite transgressions;

     And stained reputation,

     Her debt was forgiven.


(based on Luke 7:36-50 – Jesus Anointed By A Sinful Woman)

Thanks to God Girl’s recent post about this passage, this story was fresh in my mind.  When I saw the Trifecta prompt, this was the first thing to come to my mind.


The Trifecta Week 20 prompt is cheap with the following definition:
cheap adj \ˈchēp\ – (a) of inferior quality or worth : tawdry, sleazy <cheapworkmanship> (b) contemptible because of lack of any fine, lofty, or redeeming qualities <feeling cheap>


47 thoughts on “A Sinful Woman

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 6:39 PM

      You’re fast tonight, Carl! I think it’s interesting how people can be so judgmental, seeing as though we all live with some kind of sin.

  1. TikkTok March 26, 2012 / 7:06 PM

    Yep, and sin is sin is sin is sin……………… This is a good one! 🙂

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 8:13 PM

      Thanks for reading, Tikk Tok. You’re right – sin is sin. Period.

  2. Carol Ann Hoel March 26, 2012 / 7:37 PM

    Beautiful poem based on the scripture. The photo is perfect, too. Blessings to you, Janna…

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 8:14 PM

      Thanks, Carol Ann. I’m glad you enjoyed this one 🙂

  3. GodGirl March 26, 2012 / 7:39 PM

    This is just beautiful!- so glad you were inspired to write it (and thanks for the mention). This woman’s legacy continues in so many wonderful forms! And so does, above all, His legacy of grace and abundant mercy…

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 8:15 PM

      Thanks, GodGirl! Your post was a blessing and inspiration to me 🙂

    • jannatwrites March 26, 2012 / 9:49 PM

      Thanks for stopping by to read/comment on it, Linda!

  4. suzicate March 27, 2012 / 4:05 AM

    Great job with this!

    • jannatwrites March 27, 2012 / 5:37 AM

      Thanks, SuziCate…I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on it 🙂

  5. Carrie March 27, 2012 / 10:47 AM

    very nice. It flows beautifully

    • jannatwrites March 27, 2012 / 8:36 PM

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts, Carrie!

  6. newwhitebear March 27, 2012 / 1:48 PM

    This post is interesting e deep.

    • jannatwrites March 27, 2012 / 8:36 PM

      As always, I appreciate your support. Thanks for reading and sharing your comment, Newwhitebear!

  7. jeanne March 27, 2012 / 5:36 PM

    Beautifully written…

    • jannatwrites March 28, 2012 / 5:23 AM

      Thanks, Laciejay. I’ve never written a poem based on scripture before, so it was a fun exercise 🙂

  8. According To Mags (@AccordingToMags) March 28, 2012 / 3:17 AM

    Awesome. My thirteen years of Catholic School is paying off!

    You really did this justice in your poem. I always loved this lesson he was trying to teach Simon. Beautiful!

    • jannatwrites March 28, 2012 / 5:33 AM

      Thanks so much for your huge compliment, According to Mags! My ‘aha’ moment in this story came when Jesus used the example of the forgiven bank debts…how Jesus made Simon tell him who would be more grateful (the one with the most debt) and then related it to sinful people.

  9. kgwaite March 28, 2012 / 8:52 AM

    Very nicely done. Lovely.

    • jannatwrites March 28, 2012 / 9:59 PM

      Thank you so much for reading, Kgwaite!

  10. Gina March 28, 2012 / 11:52 AM

    Beautiful poem. I am so in awe of someone who can write like this. I, unfortunately, can not!

    • jannatwrites March 28, 2012 / 10:04 PM

      Thanks for your nice compliment, Gina. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on the poem 🙂

  11. Libby March 28, 2012 / 5:22 PM

    Wow – that’s really beautiful!

    • jannatwrites March 28, 2012 / 10:05 PM

      Thanks, Libby. I’m glad you liked it!

  12. Chris March 28, 2012 / 7:48 PM

    I love how you used something that obviously means much to you and put your own voice to it. Great response to the prompt.

    • jannatwrites March 28, 2012 / 10:06 PM

      Thanks, Chris. I’ve never written a poem about a Bible verse before, so it was a fun challenge, indeed!

  13. mrsoneday March 29, 2012 / 2:41 PM

    What an interesting take on the challenge word of the week. I found it fascinating, sad, upsetting and soothing, which is quite the gamut of emotions in such a short space. Well done!

    Good luck on the challenge!

    • jannatwrites March 29, 2012 / 2:46 PM

      Thank you for stopping by to read it and share your thoughts, Mrs. One Day. I’m glad it made you feel something – evoking emotions is a writer’s dream 🙂

      • mrsoneday March 29, 2012 / 3:14 PM

        Isn’t it though? I know that when I hear that from a reader, I’m in heaven… absolute heaven!

        • jannatwrites March 29, 2012 / 3:40 PM

          I think it’s pretty common. Even if the character is despicable, we want to reader to feel it 🙂

        • mrsoneday March 29, 2012 / 5:52 PM

          We do indeed!

  14. jesterqueen March 29, 2012 / 5:00 PM

    I liked the poem’s pattern, where the first line of each stanza introduced the ideas to follow and the rest of the stanza fleshed those points out.

    • jannatwrites March 29, 2012 / 5:24 PM

      Thanks, Jester Queen. I appreciate you stopping by to read it!

    • jannatwrites March 29, 2012 / 9:04 PM

      Thanks, Paula. I so enjoyed writing this one! I like that she worshipped Jesus without shame and without apology.

  15. Trifecta March 30, 2012 / 2:07 AM

    Thanks for linking up again, Jenna. Nice modern twist on a very familiar passage of scripture. There’s a really good flow to this. I love how she begins ‘condemned’ but ends ‘Saved. Grateful’. Nice job indeed

    • jannatwrites March 30, 2012 / 6:10 AM

      I’m glad you liked the flow of my poem. I appreciate you reading and sharing your comments!

  16. rerodan March 31, 2012 / 3:25 AM

    A beautiful poem, a powerful story…
    Great work Jannatwrites

    • jannatwrites March 31, 2012 / 8:25 AM

      Thanks so much, Rerodan. I appreciate your visit!

  17. pattisj April 13, 2012 / 2:49 PM

    This is great, Janna!!

    • jannatwrites April 16, 2012 / 6:39 PM

      Thanks, Patti! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • jannatwrites April 20, 2012 / 1:08 PM

      Thanks, Evelyn. I appreciate you stopping by to read it and share your thoughts!

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