She lost the parable

14 Apr 2022 | Humankind | 0 comments

It was sex, sex, sex and money, money,

God’s mistake and the devil’s creation,

that took the mind of the congregation

on long journeys into the hills

of a strange land, where sin was the honey

bright as sunlight in death’s hives.

They lost the parable and found the story,

and their glands told them they were still alive.

Job looked at Buddug, and she at him

over the pews, and they knew they’d risk it

some evening when the moon was low.


R.S. Thomas (1913-2000), BBC Welsh Home Service 18.09.1952.

Notes from the Compiler


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