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The Legend ---

THE rusty nails of doctrines impale a secular life.
     The answers are not written in hard desert stone
     or blowing in the wind across the vast hot plains.
     Salvation, if we could our keen senses but hone,
     in silence lays the answer and ultimate gains.

LEGEND referred to by Matthew, does not jive:*
     During the reign of King Ahaz, a son was born,
     but by his naming, the maiden was not fazed.
     On this birthday of the Unconquered Sun† predawn,
     shepherds’ polite enquiries left them in a haze.‡

OF wisdom attained through heated debate and strife:
     Contested kinship to King David (join the fray);
     resemblance to Horus and Apollonius isn’t drivel.
     Like Sun, as a dying and reviving god holds sway,
     good and evil are in us around which Life swivels.
OUR personal battles paced by a shrill fife.
     Keeping the faith in which we are steeped – defiant,
     even embracing pseudo facts that do not rhyme.
     Like the roots and the blades of the sedge are reliant,
     we grope blindly for guidance during troubled times.

SAVIOUR or mythical figure of legends rife?**
     From the intellectual cornucopia we’ve sipped.
     Ignorance makes me despair of people lacking nous;†† 
     parlour games and the trickery not quite gripped.
     Without an informed opinion, we are mere souse.

*The LEGEND in Isaiah 1:14, referenced to by Matthew 1:23, clearly states “ha-Almah”. Therefore, THE girl (not ‘A virgin’, which would have read ‘Bethuluh’King Ahaz reigned approximately inclusive from 736/735 to 732/732 BC. 
†Dies Natalis Solis Invicti: Meaning “the birthday of the Unconquered Sun", a pagan festival inaugurated by the Roman emperor Aurelian (270–275) to celebrate the sun god and celebrated at the winter solstice, December 25. 
‡That shepherds watched the flocks by night in the fields in the winter time is supported by the phrase "frost by night" in Genesis 31:38–40.
**There is no clear or definite trace of the Christian community in the Holy Land from 70 to 270 AD.
††Apollonius of Tyana: An authentic fragment of one of his writings (on sacrifices) where he expresses his view on God, who is the most beautiful being, cannot be influenced by prayers or sacrifices and has no wish to be worshipped by humans, but can be reached by spiritual procedure involving nous (intellect), because he himself is pure nous and nous is also the greatest faculty of mankind.

Copyright © Suzette Richards | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 8/14/2016 1:37:00 AM

    This is a masterpiece Suzette! This impressive piece deserves a lot more attention and I am faving it. ; ) 7+
  1. Date: 7/19/2016 7:47:00 AM

    A compelling write, Suzette. Thank you also for sharing the notes of information. T.J