Noise in the City (Lent Poems 19)

Another flashback: the new king arrives on his mule. But this is from the Old Testament and is a foreshadowing of the true king. This is Solomon who arrives, like his descendant would do centuries later, triumphantly but humbly to receive his kingdom.

Noise in the City
(1 Kings 1:32-53)
Lo,
The king-to-be comes
On the back of a mule,
His father’s mule,
And the people sing
And sound their flutes to say,
The new king is come!
Long live the King!
But hark: amidst the noise
Of the people and their flutes
In the city, the false priests and
The army cringe, mutter: What
Is that noise in the city? What
Is it’s meaning, all of this noise?
The news – a new king, the son
Of the King, the new King is come
Meets with their anger. Surely not
Now! This cannot be true. And so
They cling to the horns of the altar
In dread and fear, cling and cringe
While in the city, the noise resounds.
Lo, the new king is come,
On the back of a mule.
On his father’s mule,
the son of the King comes.

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