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Atop the Mulberry Tree

Atop the Mulberry Tree

2 Samuel 5:22-25

22 Now the Philistines came up once again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. 23 When David inquired of the Lord, He said, “You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the mulberry trees. 24 It shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall act promptly, for then the Lord will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” 25 Then David did so, just as the Lord had commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.

  • Poem

    Silence the sounds of the forest

    Take a breath but do not breath

    Hasten the sharpening of steel

    And look atop the Mulberry trees


    The rival knows not of your numen

    His totem is kindle for your fire

    Violent is your squall dear Lord

    Your fury, Your rage, Your ire.


    The avant-garde of your commander

    Is ancient, is novel, and is true

    Fight not for homage nor dwelling o’ soldier

    But the divine parading through


    Look... a king that waits for his calling

    A man that knows his liege

    All eyes rest on him and his meek soul

    And his eyes... rest atop the Mulberry trees

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