Found and lost

“Feast of Herod” Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1531

Herod as the acting judge,
Imprisoned there John’s talking head.
Away God’s say John would not budge.
Herodias desired John dead.

Herodias was Herod’s wife,
Herodias she held a grudge.
John had criticized their life.
Herod’s niece supplied the nudge.

Pleased him with her dancing so,
Prudent judgment Herod tossed,
Half his kingdom would let go,
By our speech we’re found and lost.

(inspired by Mark 6:14-29)


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