The Riddle of Samson

                               The Riddle of Samson

( “And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.” Judges: 14: 14 )

Where the cards fall,
the wind cannot tell you,
merchants had nothing to sell you,
you know now.

Your skin clear of cloth,
your soul clean of clay,
your brain bright,
hard as hammer on anvil,
no more words to say.

In your dreams of the East,
he stands from his throne,
the Emperor of China,
tells his players to play.

Far hills yet to hike,
words you came to like,
like those on the syrup tin.
“Out of the strong came forth sweetness.”
The riddle of Samson.
The answer no one knew.
Spoke of the lion he slew,
that bees came in a swarm
to nest and make honey in.
With your silver knife,
you scraped from the crust of your toast,
burnt bits that fell in black flakes
to sprinkle on your plate.
You still studied the lion,
stretched out in last sleep,
his mane rough and golden.
Wondered at the words.
They sounded good,
but what did they mean?
The clock ticked loud in your ears,
told you it was late.
You pushed open the door,
and in your young years,
you walked off to school,
not wanting to break
the must be punctual rule.

 

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2 thoughts on “The Riddle of Samson”

    1. Thank you very much, Louise. I am glad you like my new lines. In the last verse, I was pleased to capture my school boy memory of first reading “Out of the strong came forth sweetness” on a Tate and Lyle syrup tin. I had no idea that what I read was a quote from the Bible. I was just moved by the words. I regard it now as a first contact with poetry.

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