The Shadow of God

The Shadow of God

A Poem by David Lewis Paget

He got to the top of the mountain
And he saw the shadow of God,
Then he heard it mutter, and shouting
‘Will you heed the reck of the rod.’
Then he fell on his face in horror
When he saw the burning bush,
And he said, ‘I’ll begin tomorrow,
Don’t be in such a rush.’

He headed down from the mountain
And his face was strained and grey,
He stood by the edge of a fountain,
Said ‘I’ve come to make your day.’
He saw the villagers gathered
And he said, ‘New rules from God,
They’ll clatter down from the mountain
And will make you reck his rod.’

And then the first of the tablets
Came rolling into the square,
Engraved with a form of writing
That they’d never seen out there,
They asked the man to explain it,
And he thought, ‘this might be fun,’
‘No matter what you might gain by it,
Don’t ever design a gun!’

The wise men nodded so wisely,
And the dumb ones just looked glum,
Whatever they knew, knew slightly,
They’d never heard of a gun,
The second tablet tumbled down
From somewhere up on the mountain,
It bounced and reared and fell right in
To the water, deep in the fountain.

‘All should be baptised here, it said
By jumping into the water,
But know you’ll be married here instead
If you jump with somebody’s daughter.’
More tablets rolled down the mountainside
Too quick for any to count them,
And some were crushed in the awful rush,
The ones that had tried to mount them.

‘You mustn’t commit adultery
Unless you’re adults in play,
And then when you swap your wives about
It’s only for just one day,
The seventh tablet deals with death
And what you should do, or oughta,
After you kill, just take a breath
Then go for a general slaughter.’

The man went back to the mountain top
And he sought the shadow of God,
‘Got all the tablets, thanks my friend,
But isn’t it rather odd?
I couldn’t make out a word they said,
They passeth my understanding.’
‘Don’t call me your friend, you slimy sod,
The Devil wants you, for branding!’

David Lewis Paget

© 2016 David Lewis Paget


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Throughout most of my college carreer I listened to my fellow millenials b***h about rhyme and meter and tell me how terrible it is, and how stifling it is, and how no serious poets use it anymore. And my whole college carreer I wanted to slap them upside the head because there is absolutely a time and place for classical forms. It's poems like these that make me feel vindicated. Aside from the fact that it is a clever, thought provoking piece, it is also a pleasure to hear.


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A comical variation of that well known tale..... It could have easily been written in this manner...

Posted 4 Years Ago


The other side of the coin, shinier in its draw....but in fact revealing the real lie....you are just so able to write about anything that enters your mind....OR heart!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Quite a twist to the Biblical tale. However we can not rule out its authenticity like the original one.
Amusing and witty.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Throughout most of my college carreer I listened to my fellow millenials b***h about rhyme and meter and tell me how terrible it is, and how stifling it is, and how no serious poets use it anymore. And my whole college carreer I wanted to slap them upside the head because there is absolutely a time and place for classical forms. It's poems like these that make me feel vindicated. Aside from the fact that it is a clever, thought provoking piece, it is also a pleasure to hear.


Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

How quick we forget 'the road to Hell is paved with good intentions'. As a society we have lost ourselves in a litany of 'rights' and 'freedoms'. Good write

Posted 4 Years Ago


Thanks Mr. Paget, I've always admire the caliber
of your Storytelling, specially your "original flair".
When it comes to your Characters. Thanks for
The read requests... EG

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

That was the s**t diggity.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Honest, good and amazing words my friend. Lesson taught forgot quickly and few have seek real salvation. Each read and followed their own path anyway. Great reading my friend. left me with something to think about. Thank you David for sharing the excellent poetry.
Coyote

Posted 4 Years Ago


An interesting and highly entertaining take on Moses on Mt. Sinai, and the tablets of stone. Delightfully dark humour, with a fitting ending! I enjoyed reading this immensely!

Posted 4 Years Ago


How fantastical in your delivery, ah for these essences to be real, well done, good read.

Posted 4 Years Ago



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David Lewis Paget

Moonta, South Australia, Australia



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