The Beasts Are Gods


RK Rugg
 

 
The Beasts Are Gods

 

            Erasure Poem

            Baruch 6, the Epistle of Jeremiah

 

You shall see in Babylon
               their gods.
 
       They
holdeth a sceptre as a man
                                 and
                       a sword,
                but
       they
are
                cats.
Therefore fear them,
       roar and cry before
them,
       worship them,
And when any one of them
                       sheweth his power
do that which is commanded,
knowing
       that
              the
                       Beasts
                                 are
                                      gods.

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Author’s Notes: This is my first attempt at an erasure poem, although this type of poetry has always fascinated me. I think the idea that there may be a hidden message or a deeper truth to be found in a text opens up so many possibilities. In this case, the source text is a letter or sermon purported to have been delivered by Jeremiah (or in his style) to the Hebrews exiled to Babylon. It is an exhortation to resist idolatry, to avoid the worship of false gods created by the priests of Babylon. But if the Letter of Jeremiah warns the Hebrews against idols that have been crafted by human hand, isn’t it possible that the other side of the coin is that the gods of nature (animals, perhaps?) are to be feared and obeyed?

RK Rugg spent his youth breaking horses and guiding pack trips into the backcountry of Idaho and Montana. Following a journalism career in the Reno-Tahoe area of Nevada, he now resides in New England. Working in speculative fiction, speculative non-fiction and speculative poetry, his recent projects of note include developing an anthology of science fiction and fantasy inspired by life on America’s Indian Reservations. His speculative poetry has recently appeared in Utopia Science Fiction Magazine and Snakeskin Poetry Webzine.

Editor’s Notes: Stain Glass (Ministry Matters) and cat silhouette (Online Web Fonts)

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