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VCU Menorah Review Winter/Spring 2013
Number 78
For the Enrichment of Jewish Thought

Saul And David

A poem by Richard E. Sherwin

pity david and saul who fought as if
eternal enemies and not as pit
bulls chosen bred and bet on and then tossed
away a royal win and human loss

pity david and saul inflated by
the spirit of Gd sucked out and left to die
a hero on a hill savior in bed
betrayed by Gd and husked and just as dead

pity david and saul who touched by Gd
exalted and degraded israel
and judahs Temples risen twice twice felled
their suffering abandonments the cost

pity saul and david praise the Lord
what david wrote saul lived without the word

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