“The thing that the king asks is difficult, and
no one can show it to the king except the gods,
whose dwelling is not with flesh.”
They can only rearrange, those magi
whose god is their own minds. Taking what is
known already, they squint first through this eye
then that. Ask for wisdom, they will reply
as the king’s itching ear longs to hear. Ask
for revelation and they will sigh:
“What the king requires is too hard a task!”
Wisdom which struts its stuff in the street and basks
in its own sun-tanned glory has nothing
to say but theories about childhood, masks
for its own blankness. True wisdom comes right
when we’ve least reason to trust human sight.
Published by Matthew Pullar
Teacher, writer, blogger, husband, father, Christian. Living in Wyndham in Melbourne's west, on the land of the Kulin Nation. Searching for words to console and feed hearts and souls.
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2 thoughts on “All the wisdom of Babylon”
You have hidden a lot of wisdom in this short writing. I laughed with delight as I read it. Another good job. Well done!