Poetry For Our Time

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason. -Novalis

Bathsheba and David

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How terrifying to realize

that people have been so human

for so long.


Written by cd40

April 16, 2009 at 3:43 am

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  1. So, I utterly failed tonight at producing a pudgy little poem. I’m a little disappointed that this isn’t fleshier, but I thought it better to go ahead and put down the part that was working than to keep poking something that had passed out hours ago from over-indulgence. Perhaps something to revisit later, but I’m glad to have finally joined the party.


    April 16, 2009 at 3:48 am

  2. Take that back. You did NOT fail in the least. This poem gave me chills, even without knowing the story of Bathsheba and David. I think it is so incredibly universal – you probably could have included any title and it would have worked, but just having a title there, referencing a specific story, makes it all the more haunting.

    I’m having trouble describing what I want to say here, but this poem really struck me as True (with a capital T, meaning true in my heart). I really love it.

    Also, glad to have you here. 🙂


    April 16, 2009 at 3:08 pm

  3. I have to agree with Ash. I don’t know the story alluded to in the title, and if I did, I’m sure I’d appreciate the poem even more. But I think it’s pretty great on its own. I mean, it kind of has a haiku quality, doesn’t it? The line “for so long” is the one that really hits me, like a punch in the gut. Good job, Chels.

    Molly M M

    April 17, 2009 at 1:14 am

  4. I concur. People being the same through the ages is something I think about a lot….that’s, in part, why I like such old stuff. This expresses that in a powerfully concise way.


    April 17, 2009 at 4:14 am

  5. Also I like Bathsheba and David instead of David and Bathsheba. Changes the rhythm…changes the story?


    April 17, 2009 at 4:15 am

    • Ohhh, I didn’t know it was supposed to be the other way around! What a statement.


      April 17, 2009 at 4:16 am

  6. D&B is the biblical version of the archetypal love triangle:

    King David is master of the world–but still he is not satisfied. He spies on Bathsheba bathing and lusts after her, but unfortunately (for him) she is married. He is advised to leave the situation alone, but, since he’s king, he instead sends her husband to the front lines of battle, where he is killed, and then marries Bathsheba. God punishes him for this sin by causing their first child to die (because that makes sense) but later they have more children, notably King Solomon, who is also famous for having everything in the world and still not being satisfied with it (see: book of Ecclesiastes).


    April 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  7. wow, I see now that my paraphrase left out like half of the dirt from this story. See the bible for the really smutty version! (I wish we got to say that more often). Terrifying in our humianity indeed:



    April 17, 2009 at 5:29 pm

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