The bible
encourages no one
least of all me

although Delilah
with a smile, a
pair of scissors in her hand
promised me much more
than the promise of the
promised land

sacrificial lambs and a fatted calf
sold for a talent and I have
only a half.

in the den with the lion and its sore paw
saw more, but read Leviticus
and that’s not telling us
anything much.

such is the way and the way
is the light unless it’s at night
and then you need a torch.

© 2018, John Smallshaw.