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Meditation: Blame culture

Was she the one who planned it?
Beautiful Bathsheba,
bathing in knowing nakedness
within full sight of prying palace eyes,
placing herself where she would catch
the curiosity of the king?
Did she bind her hair with jewels,
pour perfumed oil on new-washed skin,
swathe herself in silk while waiting for the royal summons
to pleasure, given and taken?
Did she encourage and excite emotion,
entangling and entrapping in a daze of delight
to ensure her place in the favour of David
and in that position of power?


©Marjorie Dobson



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