Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Rembrandt's Bathsheba

"And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness;"

Bathsheba will be consumed after this cleansing.
Examine her Shame! Explore
how passively she accepts the scrubbing.

See the fleshy fire of David's besetting--
Erotic Greed demanding more.
She will be consumed after this cleansing.

Bathsheba trades love for lust--joy for craving:
she trades wifedom to be the king's whore
and still, passively she allows the scrubbing.

She opens her arms to the purifying
and her soul to the King's implore--
she will be consumed after this cleansing.

She opens her thighs for the washing,
Opens her womb to Uriah's murder,
albeit, passively. She accepts the scrubbing.

Explore this polluted cleansing!
Examine her beauty, shame and horror.
She will be consumed after this cleansing--
and even so--passively, she allows the scrubbing.

1 comment:

  1. Amy, I think this is brilliant. I think you are a writer, hiding out in Herriman, ingeniously disguised as a mom, housewife, student and Primary teacher. I will keep your secret safe, but not for long.