Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.
A boy saw his young neighbor steal his bike
so he followed him home to put the fear
of God in him. But the house was much like
his own, only it seemed colder, no coal
for winter, and the man who opened the door
made his son return the thing he stole
with white eyed tears and would have offered more
if he could. When the boy told the tale to
his mother, she halved the Christmas feast
and sent him back to the house with what few
dollars she could spare for even the least
of these. She worked without regret or frown;
though the poor suffer, they receive a crown.
Other Bible stories from Moss Kingdom:
Old Testament: Some He Bruises, Some He Bleeds: A Sestina on the Covenants, Noah Wakes from a Recurring Nightmare, Abram the Pagan, For the Sake of the Few, The Deception of Jacob, The Unspeakable Name, A Sound of War in the Camp, A Lament for Michal, The Rape of Tamar and the Half-life of Joy, Numbered Numbered Weighed Divided: a Rubaiyat concerning Belshazzar’s doom, Jonah, The Years the Locusts have Consumed