Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – 17th Sunday After Pentecost ( Year B )

Lectionary Poetry

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).

 
 

*** Narrative Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Genesis 21:1-3; 22:1-14

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Abraham to Kill Him
Emily Dickinson

Abraham to kill him
Was distinctly told—
Isaac was an Urchin—
Abraham was old—

Not a hesitation—
Abraham complied—
Flattered by Obeisance
Tyranny demurred—

Isaac—to his children
Lived to tell the tale—
Moral—with a mastiff
Manners may prevail.

*** This poem is in the public domain, 
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.


 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Story of Isaac
Leonard Cohen

SNIPPET:

The door it opened slowly
My father he came in
I was nine years old
And he stood so tall above me
Blue eyes they were shining
And his voice was very cold

Said I’ve had a vision
And you know I’m strong and holy
I must do what I’ve been told
So we started up the mountain
I was running he was walking
And his axe was made of gold

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