A commentary on Proverbs 9:1-6
To King Solomon, mentioned
in the Bible,
Wisdom was his love.
He was true to her and he fought,
struggled, and strove
To let her be his guide, but alas
it came to naught.
“How’s that?” You say.
“Wasn’t Solomonthe wisest
of the ancient kings?”
Yes, with wisdom he would often lay
to soak in her beauty and her charm
In a futile hope to be like her and fly on her
wings of ecstasy.
How could he have gone wrong?
He knew that wisdom had built
her house of seven pillars
and she then called everyone:
The thieves, the merchants, and the millers
to come to drink her wine and
feast among the seven pillars.
She called the simple and the stupid
to her party. But, alas,
they were not to his liking,
the king did not wish to be amid
Those with whom he did not mingle,
He thought he was so very clever, and his
cleverness made him tingle.
Yes, Solomonwas clever, but he
was neither wise nor intelligent.
He kept three hundred women
In his palace; some were wives,
many were concubines
there only for his pleasure.
Others were there to be a palatial ornament.
All together they were so much wiser
than he could ever be.
Numbers alone were not what counted.
He faltered because he failed to account
for the fact that
In their number they became a giant WE
and that Wisdom is, after all, a she.
William Frank Bellais