Little Knowing, a lonely desert bird, was small and light of wing. Along the road he saw a woman. She smelled of cinnamon. “My bed,” she said, “smells of more – of myrrh and desert aloes. It is richly covered, soft – and ours – in colourful Egyptian linen.” Little knowing saw the tent to which he now was bidden: a desert plain in bloom and blush, a-sighing after winter’s hold, in lighter joy ‘fore summer’s ambush. The lady then held out her hand. “Little Knowing,” she whispered, “come – ” He hopped into her painted palm. Her veils fanned him with her scent. Her eyes cupped his restless wings and said, “Little Knowing, be not afraid. Tonight we drink deep of love.” Next morning Little Knowing shared his bursting heart with all. “My love,” he sang in sweetest tune, “has brought me joy. Let all rejoice!” This called the people to the tent and there, the woman now found out was dragged to meet deservéd death and Little Knowing – stupid, foolish bird to be seduced by scent and desert blooms, those kindly eyes and gentle words – was placed correctly in the noose. Little Knowing – stupid, foolish bird – darted into that snare and such it did cost him life. The moral of this tale is thus, young man and maid forget it not: your lusts will take you far from god and with them reap all death, damnation, loss.
I don’t want to write too much about this poem at this stage. I sincerely hope that it does not offend, but I do hope it stirs some mulling. You may find a reading of Proverbs 7 will add a layer to engaging with today’s piece. In tone the above is actually similar to this poem about success, which I wrote in August.
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