On a Verse from the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Jeffrey Burghauser (February 2018)

Title Unknown, John Bellany


The synthesis they seem spinning to:
Since making love to your wife’s a sin,
You should rape Wisdom. God, could it be
More appalling? But at least they knew
That Wisdom can be found nowhere in
A life’s commonplace trajectory.

Jeffrey Burghauser is an English teacher in Columbus, OH. He was educated at SUNY-Buffalo, the University of Leeds, and currently studies the five-string banjo with a focus on pre-WWII picking styles. A former artist-in-residence at the Arad Arts Project (Israel), his poems have previously appeared in Appalachian Journal and Lehrhaus.

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