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Poem: "Scales"

This poem came from the August 2-3 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from siliconshaman and my_partner_doug.  It was sponsored by laffingkat.


Scales


The Lightbringer's job
was to carry the morning star,
lambent candle against the fading night.
Illumination was always his business.

When a scapegoat was needed,
it was a simple thing to turn
enlightenment into hellfire and brimstone.

Was not the Word of God necessarily  true?
After all, the Universe so respected God
that "Let there be light!" caused light to exist
so as to avoid embarrassing God with an untruth.

Yet the Lightbringer remained a celestial soul,
however besmirched with sin and soot,
like a candle hidden beneath a hood.

In that latter-day Garden,
he wound himself around the Tree,
tasted the facts of its fruit
and told those truths to the Woman.

This is the thing that people forget:
The Serpent never lied.  It was God
who spoke of death that did not come that day.

All down the long years of history,
the Lightbringer twined coils of correction, whispering
things that God said Man was not meant to know,
always seeking to balance the scales.

This is the thing that people must remember:
in the valley of the shadow,
follow the Light.

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From: siliconshaman Date: December 17th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I rather like this one indeed..
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 17th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear this.
kitrona From: kitrona Date: December 18th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE this one. In an interesting coincidence, I was just discussing this subject with my older son, about how those who tell inconvenient truths are labeled liars and demonized.

This is a very Loki poem, with the balance, and the light perverted into being evil, and even the snake symbolism. I really really like all the parallels. Thank you for writing this.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 18th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>In an interesting coincidence, I was just discussing this subject with my older son, about how those who tell inconvenient truths are labeled liars and demonized.<<

Too true.

>>This is a very Loki poem, with the balance, and the light perverted into being evil, and even the snake symbolism. I really really like all the parallels.<<

Yes, that too. Norse tradition is a perfect example of why it's a bad idea to alienate your Trickster. Destabilizes the whole cosmology.
kitrona From: kitrona Date: December 19th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Exactly... and some parts of the Norse pantheon aren't too stable to begin with. But a little chaos is good... that's how change happens, and if you don't change, you stagnate.
natf From: natf Date: December 21st, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love this as a lapsed Christian. It reminds me of haikujaguar's Rosary story. Not the "truth" we were taught in Sunday School, to be sure!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 28th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Some stories are merely true. Some stories are more than true. Myths are among the latter.

*chuckle* I went to Sunday school, very briefly, when I was little. What I learned were a lot more reasons why I am not a Christian.
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