Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Villanelle

My first attempt at a villanelle . . . prompted by the Islamic assertion that no true prophet would allow himself to be victim of the humiliation of crucifixion.

How to Kill a Real Prophet
“they slew Him not nor crucified, but it appeared so unto them” Qur’an 4:157

He let himself be taken to be killed.
‘It must have been another man they nailed.’
A real prophet would have exercised his will.

‘Not my will, but yours be done,’ he said.
In the garden where he bowed his head
he let himself be taken to be killed.

What assistance can a victim give?
If he will die, how will his people live?
A real prophet would have exercised his will.

The servant king inaugurates his reign
with healing that accompanies his own pain.
He let himself be taken to be killed.

When betrayers drew a circle tight about,
a king, a leader would have found an out.
A real prophet would have exercised his will.

In a battle forshadowed by a dove,
in a scandal of humility and love,
he let himself be taken to be killed.
A real prophet exercised his will.

3 comments:

Inconsequential said...

excellent.

i'm not even going to disdain the content/theme, as this is really good.

if you get a chance, and or have the inclination, this chap does villiwhatsits, and other 'styled' poems, another person I think of as a good poet.

http://cechaffin.blogspot.com//

ish said...

Thanks for the high praise, inc.
Good call, I have been to Mr Chaffin via your blog and was attracted to what I found. A revisit soon.

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