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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Biblical Limericks: Creation’s Cosmic Battle


In the beginning was a titan
twisting in the sea like a python,
till Elohim did crush,
in that primeval hush,
the many heads of Leviathan.

Psalm 74: 14
See also Anomalies A – Z: Leviathan 


Behold, the Lamb of God – The Death of Emmett Till


Very early on the first day of the week
while it was still as dark and full of secrets
as a bad man’s soul, they came for him,
with a flashlight and a .45 in hand,
they came for Emmett Till.

They said he’d whistled at a white woman;
they said he needed to be taught
that a nigger boy
ain’t got no right to be talkin’ outa’ place.

And in a barn they beat that boy
across his back and hips and face.
Then to a shed they carried him;
they pistol whipped and thrashed
fourteen year old Emmett Till.

They broke his nose like as with a meat chopper.
They gouged his eye out from its orbit.

A bullet through his skull killed the boy at last,
but even more disgrace was done:
they tied a weight around his neck
with loops of sharp barbed-wire
and dumped his body into the water
of the Tallahatchie River.

On the third day he rose again.

His corpse was taken home and put upon display;
laid out in public for all the world to see.
And there were many who were appalled.

His appearance was so disfigured
beyond that of any other man.

Emmett Till was sacrificed
upon a Mississippi courtroom altar,
a boy, a lamb,
that we might break free
from our nation’s original sin.


July 25, 1941 - August 28, 1955

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Biblical Limericks: Murderer


I know to say it may create strife,
but one may not need to use a knife
to harm those who are poor:
You are a murderer
if you steal the bread that is their life.

Ben Sira 34: 25

Biblical Limericks: Ken Ham Doesn't Go Far Enough


The Biblical creation story
must be understood literally:
right at the start Yahweh
did attack and then slay
Rahab, the fell serpent of the sea!

Psalm 89: 9 - 11

See also the Anomalies A - Z: Rahab

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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