The Scapegoat Painting, William Holman Hunt, Having Decided To Stay, Bryana Johnson


Voices were heard in the wilderness,
– hallowed, a place to drink –
caught on the crest of the ages
to plunge and recede to ink.
One was the lion’s gold and breath;
One was the kingly star;
One was the flame-ringed berry bush
where the wild things are.
One was the sad, red-threaded goat;
One was the crying sheep;
One, the sign that rejoiced the clouds
while the world was sunk in sleep.
One was the stag, the fountainhead;
One was the flying bird.
Such were the voices making way
for the word that no one heard.

(Bryana Johnson)

3 thoughts on “WARNING

    1. Thanks for your encouraging words — some of my favorites are G.K. Chesterton, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Gerard Manley Hopkins. I also enjoy Robert Browning, Tennyson, Sarah Teasedale and Robert Frost. But as for influence, Chesterton probably takes the cake 🙂

      1. Have you ever heard of Douglas Wilson? His book is Untune the Sky, (a compilation of his poems). Some of his poems are Psalms from the Bible that he turned into rhymes. I also love Robert Frost! His poems are seemingly simple, in a fashion, but poignant and insightful.

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