I do cherish poem that discuss issues ignored in name the name of some dogmatic believes. The poem title Story of Isaac by Leonard Cohen did just that.
Leonard Cohen is a poet whose nationality belongs to Canada. He stayed and enjoyed this earth the 21st of September 1934 and the 7th of November 2016. A poet whose work expresses religion, politics, life and more.
In the 48 line poem, titled “Story of Isaac”, he alluded to the biblical book of Genesis 22:9 where Abraham was instructed through vision to sacrifice his only son Isaac.
The comparison were seen between lines 25 and 36;
“You who build these altars now
to sacrifice these children,
you must not do it anymore.
A scheme is not a vision
and you never have been tempted
by a demon or a god.
You who stand above them now,
your hatchets blunt and bloody,
you were not there before,
when I lay upon a mountain
and my father’s hand was trembling
with the beauty of the word.”
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From the above excerpt, the voice of the poem noted that those still practicing the ritual of children slaughter, do it as a scheme not as a vision guided act.
The poem ended in a contrasting parallelism.
Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)