Shuck and Jive

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

From Another Point of View...

Love Letter

Dear Samson,
I put your hair
in a jar
by the pear tree
near the well.
I been thinkin'
over what I done
and I still don't think
God gave you
all that strength
for you to kill
my people.


--Carole E. Gregory, Ain't I A Woman: A Book of Woman's Poetry From Around the World


  1. I like it. Nothing like poetry to expose the party line as morally questionable. I'd like to see similar poetry on behalf of the kids slaughtered in Jericho, on behalf of Goliath (who, I wonder, was just an oppressed indentured servant taking orders from the power structure), etc.

  2. P.S. have you dared to notice that many of the stories of mass murder of innocents, supposedly in the name of God, have a similarity to today's indiscriminate terrorists? I find this disturbing; not sure how to resolve it.

  3. If Samson had stayed away from the Philistine girls he would have killed a lot less people and burned a lot less crops. He also could have avoided that haircut.