Sonnets from the Macabre
I - Trust
Into her tent she beckoned him to come,
This fugitive from battle on the run.
With soothing words she made him feel at ease.
He even fell asleep upon her knees.
He slept, exhausted, trusting all was well,
Not knowing he had found the gate to hell.
His dreamless sleep would prove to be his last,
And all his victories be in the past.
As Jael took the hammer and the peg,
Poor Sisera was left without a leg
To stand upon. His doom was surely set,
His executioner the ma'am he met.
Just goes to show, be sure the one you trust
Is free of guile, or you'll end in the dust.
II - Treasure
The tragic story of the concubine
Reveals more horror than just dropping dead.
Granted, she proved unfaithful in her time,
But, she had no protection from her head.
Her father and her master sealed her fate,
Abandoning her to the wicked crew
Who brutalized her through the hours late
And left her covered with the morning dew.
But then her master added to the rage.
He carved her body to a dozen parts.
Distributing the pieces set the stage
For warfare, cutting brothers to the heart.
The moral of this story should be clear:
Love and protect the ones that you hold dear.
III - Triumph
He had it all. But, such a foolish man
Betrayed the secret he was told to keep.
Not that he couldn't know his lover's plan;
She made it plain each time he went to sleep.
Delilah dallied, ever digging deep;
And closer crept the danger to his might.
Not vines, nor ropes, she nearly made the leap
When weaving in the web his hair pinned tight.
He should have known. The Philistines, that night
She shaved his locks and took away his power,
Put out his eyes and stole as well his sight,
Which Samson recompensed his final hour.
If we would rise above such cruel end,
We must be sure on Whom our lives depend.
With apologies to Judges chapters 4, 19-20, & 16, and to Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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