The Bible Is An Antique Volume

I just discovered this poem by Emily Dickinson.  I think I’ll let it stand on its own.

The Bible is an antique Volume—
Written by faded men
At the suggestion of Holy Spectres—
Eden—the ancient Homestead—
Satan—the Brigadier—
Judas—the Great Defaulter—
David—the Troubador—
Sin—a distinguished Precipice
Others must resist—
Boys that “believe” are very lonesome—
Other Boys are “lost”—
Had but the Tale a warbling Teller—
All the Boys would come—
Orpheus’ Sermon captivated—
It did not condemn—

[Post image: Old Bible by abcdz2000 on stock.xchng]


  1. clare
    Sep 06, 2011

    The bible is a bronze age blog

    • Elissa
      Sep 06, 2011

      And I’ve recently heard the question, “Why are we using a first-century text to solve 21st-century problems?” There are immoral commandments (at least by today’s standards) in the book, and I don’t know why we’re not using our noggins to say these sorts of injunctions are not right…because we want to be moral, right?

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