Off with his head
Herodias with a grudge requested
to Herod that John be arrested
“To bed your brother's wife
to enhance your sex life
is against the law,” he'd suggested.
When Herod had drunk a bottle of wine
Salome's dancing did seem so fine
that in his delight
he promised that night
to lavish a desire to which she inclined.
So she asked Herodias her mother
if there was anything that had struck her
as a suitable gift
from one who was pissed:
“Ask for John Baptist's head on a platter.”
Out of regard for his guests and his oath
Herod felt obliged although he was loath.
So a guard went ahead
to cut off John's head
to satisfy daughter and mother both
Copyright © Lisle Ryder | Year Posted 2021
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