Wednesday, September 14, 2011
,A little East of Jordan, by Emily Dickinson 59/1775
Jacob Wrestling with the Angel
Gauguin, (Eugène-Henri-) Paul
Vision After the Sermon, Jacob Wrestling with the Angel 1888; National Gallery of Scotland;
A little East of Jordan, by Emily Dickinson
A little East of Jordan,
A Gymnast and an Angel
Did wrestle long and hard —
Till morning touching mountain —
And Jacob, waxing strong,
The Angel begged permission
To Breakfast — to return —
Not so, said cunning Jacob!
"I will not let thee go
Except thou bless me" — Stranger!
The which acceded to —
Light swung the silver fleeces
"Peniel" Hills beyond,
And the bewildered Gymnast
Found he had worsted God!
This is a fun take on a familiar Bible story about Jacob Wrestles the Angel.
It is funny because of the pun, "worsted" which makes this "yarn" a very funny tale!
Can you imagine?
All the days Jacob would grab
would find hard the concept of God to grasp
With an Angel he would eventually grapple
give it up; his worth did exceed his armour'd girth