Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov:
a murderer and son.
His pride and anger might pull it off
Being as he was one

who was superior among mortals.
He wrote an essay about it.
But theory failed when his mental portals
swung and he could not self-acquit.

Sonia loved him—and her Jesus.
But Rodion could not find argument
for how the Lord raised Lazarus.
Still, Sonia’s constancy met Rodion’s torment.

He awoke one fine Siberian day
and sweet love, not dry, old reason, held sway.