Posted by Ben Naga
Perhaps you may keep
The silver you have taken
But never the gold
Posted on May 6, 2017, in Senryu and tagged Betrayal, Essence, Greed, Judas, Stealing. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.
Silver can be had.
The gold is untouchable.
Powerful one, Ben.
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P.S. and for most of us over here, Trump is Judas. Don’t know if you meant it that way but certainly fits!
Either way, excellent post.
I was certainly aware of the 30 pieces episode. (See Tabs) This senryu can be read as/applied to a number of situation: Gethsemane; consumerism; the lust for power; the material as opposed to the spiritual; any kind of betrayal, including the intrapersonal. I’m glad its power reached out to you and drew you in, Betty.
Certainly a universal theme/archetype… Guess I wasn’t sure if you had one particular person or event in mind when you wrote it. (So many to choose from these daze! 😉 )
Consider it a buffet and help yourself.
“A poem is a machine for making choices.” – John Ciardi (How Does a Poem Mean)
I like – what you said and what John Ciardi said. Thanks, Ben.
(Hope things are going all right there. I’ve been continuing to send good thoughts…)
Will send you an e-mail.
Ah Judas kiss, some might settle for the silver due to want for betrayal.
People may do many things, and for many reasons.
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