A secret white stone bearing a new name
for those who keep no secrets with Jezebel.
Wise as serpents they do not try to tame
the Great Dragon with tongues nor ancient spells.
Of such “knowledge,” be innocent as doves
and mind what you allow into your bed.
The prophetess offers beauty and love
but will bind you to a mattress of dread
with lips of honey and a tongue of oil.
He knows you, how your love, and faith and deeds
have grown. You are his treasure and his toil
and he will raise the harvest from the seeds.
“I give no other load: do not succumb;
hold fast to what you have until I come.”

Other Bible stories from Moss Kingdom:

The Cain Series: The Birth of CainThe Crime of CainThe Curse of Cain

Old Testament: Some He Bruises, Some He Bleeds: A Sestina on the CovenantsNoah Wakes from a Recurring NightmareAbram the PaganFor the Sake of the FewThe Deception of JacobThe Unspeakable NameA Sound of War in the CampA Lament for MichalThe Rape of Tamar and the Half-life of JoyNumbered Numbered Weighed Divided: a Rubaiyat concerning Belshazzar’s doom, JonahThe Years the Locusts have Consumed

New Testament: What need has He for our Democracy: A poem for Peter during his lapseSilent SaturdayDoes God still have a body?At Simon’s House

The Letters to the Churches: