Caution: Writers at play

On his birthday, Herod gave a banquet for his court,
to which his wife Herodias was not invited.
There Salome, her daughter by Herod’s brother,
danced so boldly and so well that Herod said
he would grant whatever she wished.

Salome left the hall and went to her mother to
ask what she should request, and her mother said
“Ask for the head of John the Baptist,”
who had told Herod that he should not marry his brother’s wife.
The daughter returned and said that she wanted

the head of John the Baptist on a platter,
adding the latter touch of finery, or propriety,
for reasons all her own, unknown. 
Herod complied with sorrow; he hadn’t meant
to murder the man, just to keep him in prison
where he could not work his magic.

And so a soldier beheaded the Baptist.
Such is the power of the dance of young women
upon old men. What a king would not do
for his wife, he would do
for her whirling daughter by his own brother.

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Tags: Poetry, baptist, herod, john, king, poem, poetry, salome, st, the

Comment by Phyllis on December 3, 2012 at 3:21pm

Hopefully Herod qualified his gratuitous fancies after that.

Comment by Jan Sand on December 9, 2012 at 5:32pm

Which says more about Herod than it does about Salome who apparently learned that wiggling her ass has greater value than a man's life.

Comment by Jan Sand on December 10, 2012 at 12:00am

On second thought, the transfer of the events in the courtship of the praying mantis symbolically to a human event fits rather closely the Salome story. Except that, symbolically, Salome bit off John's head with her behind and she tragically disdained to mate with his headless body.

Comment by Con Chapman on December 10, 2012 at 11:16am

The expression I've heard is "The female is deadlier than the male."  Just making my way through the New Testament--some craazy stuff in there.

Comment by Harp on December 16, 2012 at 12:55pm

I'm trying to remember what in the hell John did to piss her off.    There are people in this world you should really leave alone.

Comment by Con Chapman on December 16, 2012 at 1:02pm

It was her mother who told her what to ask more.  She was mad at John because he told Herold he shouldn't marry his brother's wife.  Not clear from the Biblical accounts whether the brother was alive or dead.

Comment by Arthur James on August 14, 2013 at 7:06am

`

I saw the bare breasted beauty at the other blog.

I recall ` Dick Cheney wanted heads on platters.

His words` post` 9 -11. Oy! Treachery on High!

Creeps plot to kill. Killers never are satisfied.

Blood-thirst isn't satiated. Beware. Evil...

Evil incarnates human forms. Good departs.

We can discern this Evil Principality today.

Comment by Arthur James on October 30, 2013 at 11:23pm

`

I woke up to take a quick leek.

I figured out how to cook spinach.

Use the coffee pot. Add water.

Sip the green coffee pot tea.

Coffee pot brews green tea.

Add butter to the spinach.

I go hop back in sack.

You misspell Salon.

I only reader here.

Green tea makes

bloggers pee bed?

No. Hoe peas

in dreams.

No lose

head

Comment by Arthur James on April 4, 2014 at 11:06am

`

I saw this post and wonder...

Praying Mantis? Lost head.

I read about a old woman who

used animal lard as a reliable

birth control method in her

era. She had her lover use

a handful of lard packed

up real good.. 'Never had

No Problems or Bad Kids'

She said. In The 'Wash

Post' and USA TODAY

the critics review the

New Play on Big

Broadway` bout

Don Rumsfeld.

I recommend

a `Washington

Post` Style Sex-

tion. ` These

DC `critters

are ` lowly

as` William

Blak? No!

Shakespeare

Debased and

Deleter` Ill-

Defamers`Ale

Dry` Drunks,

And` Debased

Burped` Farts!

Con C. ? You

lend out Your

cc? Credit Card.

I shop at Amish

Store For Lard,

Pawn Huss.

Koss, and

a Nice

Widow

Amish

Cook?

Comment by Arthur James on July 24, 2014 at 4:10am

`

Boil Cat Fish In Pan.

Use Broth For Soup:

Add Blueberries and

Wild Wine Berries,

Gooseberries, and 

Share? FOX news

and friers? O, sure

Hire Nice Buxom

New Castors who

Inform with fancy

Chassis How To

Barf on TV and

Contrition Digit

Keyboard. Kosh?

`

I go read Greek.

I hope to see a

Amish kook

Who cook

Cat Fish

and got

fir on

2- legs?

I call

wild

mate

yodel

sounds.

`

I saw at 

keico avarez.

She likes?

kitty porn?

No play 

stip poker

with Cheetah

Cat in Church

Confessional

Box with Nun

to white cleric

celibate priest.

`

Kosh

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