Wisdom has Built Her a House

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

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